Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
Christians have to run with patience the race that is set before us. First a race of service, second a race of suffering.
Yesterday we studied about the race of service; today we will study about the race of suffering. When you are running the race it will not be smooth, there will be trial accusation and in the midst of all that we have to walk in love. These two races go together the race of suffering and the race of service. If you run these two races on a daily basis you will surely live your life for God. And If I live for the Lord, the Lord says whatever you do for the least of my brothers you do it to me.
How to run this race of service and suffering? With a course of active and passive obedience.
Right now you are reading this, and let’s say a few days ago you read the definition of Agape Love which means everyone has the right to hurt you and you must operate in love. Now you read it and this battle is going on in your mind, you have heard the teaching but now put it into practice. The course has been given to you but it is up to you to put this formula in to practice.
This teaching that is going on in your mind is passive you are making a decision to put it into obedience. Now because you have made that decision to obey in your mind you body is going into action so it is active obedience. So if a person wants to have active obedience they must have passive obedience as well.