Hebrews 12:1-3 " Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. "
We run the race ahead of us by throwing off every sin that entangles us and fixing our eyes upon Him remembering that for the joy set before Him, He endured the cross. As we consider Him, we seek not to grow weary nor lose heart.
He endured the cross for the joy set before Him.
For those of us that have trusted Him, we also will have a great joy ahead of us at the end of our race. We have the joy of knowing that at the end of our lives, or at the moment of His return whichever comes first, we will be with Him forever, death and sin will be done away with and we will have perfect fellowship with Him and things will be restored in the new heaven and the new earth as they were always meant to be.
We must not forget the joy that not only we have in our relationships with Him now, but that we one day will have for all eternity.