At the southern Illinois state track meet, Claire and Chloe Gruenke, twin sisters, were signed up for several races. Chloe would even win the one mile race in 5:23 that day. But in the 800 meter race, Chloe heard a pop in her knee and absolutely could not run another step. Claire saw it happen and made an incredibly sacrificial gesture. She put her sister on her back and carried her piggyback the final 370 meters of that race. The crowd wildly cheered her on and gave her the encouragement she needed to do the difficult and finish the race with her sister in tow (via Fox4kc.com). It was a beautiful story!
The writer of Hebrews tells us we are running a race, surrounded by many witnesses (12:1). It is easy to grow weary and lose heart (3). God has given us Christ as a focal point (2). However, the Bible gives us the charge to help each other, too (Gal. 6:1; Heb. 12:13). While no one can run the Christian race for someone else or make another person do what they need to do to be saved, we are encouraged to help each other run that race. Paul talks of helping other “runners” and watching himself in the process (1 Cor. 9:27). He urges the Romans, “Now we who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of those without strength and not just please ourselves. Each of us is to please his neighbor for his good, to his edification” (Rom. 15:1-2).
There are times when we feel strong and can make progress without the assistance of others on this earth, but at other times we will struggle. How terrible if we do not have someone to help us make it through the struggling times. Of course, we also have to think of ourselves as ones willing to aid the brother or sister who needs a spiritual lift—the carrier and not just the carried. God has made the church as a unified body, each member helping the other when the need arises. Many will not finish the race. May we make sure that we do what we can to prevent our spiritual family from failing to successfully cross the finish line.