Run with endurance the race that’s before,
Casting aside all that hinders.
Sin takes your throat and turns it from the Lord,
Clinging and stinging,
When you try to run as a winner.
Run knowing you are surrounded by saints,
Taking up heart by their witness.
Spur one another to keep in the race,
Striving and vying,
Brothers with you struggle in this.
Run with the weight of the cross on your back,
Only that weight gives you victory.
Christ at the fore making up what you lack,
Bleeding and pleading,
Strengthens when you’re running weakly.
Christ ran the vanguard, and He blazed the trail,
Finished by His own blood draining.
With joy took the cross, through the pain He prevailed,
Spurning the cursing,
Now with His Father is reigning.
We will see the Lord descend,
With myriads of stars,
To bring His justice in the end,
Of each ungodly heart:
The rebels, revelers-in-sin,
Are cast to outer-dark.
So in this climax of His plan,
If you would walk with Him,
Believe what He’s revealed to man,
Turn holiness from sin.
By faith you live and seek His plan,
And you’ll bring joy to Him.
So seek out every word He said,
And search His scriptures well.
And learn to know Him as your head,
Call out those who rebel.
Mark how He keeps each promise said,
How we are saved from Hell.
With faith did Abel give his sacrifice,
The best of blood he found within his flock.
He knew his offering never would suffice,
But sought the mercy of the living God.
And though his mother called him empty wind,
He would not turn to selfish pity’s hate,
But looked to God to save him from his sin,
And call his life and make him something great.
Yet Cain would not let God direct his life,
But sought to become great by his own deeds.
He therefore brought his hollow sacrifice,
For he believed he had no sin or need.
But Jesus counted Abel as his saint,
While Cain became a shamed and migrant mark.
We still hear Abel’s praise and Cain’s complaint,
And Abel teaches us a faith-filled heart.