The race is about the baton, not the runners.
A relay race is meaningless unless the baton is successfully passed from one runner to the next. A runner without a baton is running in vain.
For Christians, the “baton” is the gospel. As he neared the end of this life, Paul wrote to Timothy, “By the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, guard the good deposit entrusted to you” (2 Tim. 1:14). These are the words of a man who knows he will soon face death and is more aware than ever what must be passed on. “Guard the good deposit.” Guard the good news that Jesus Christ has “abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel” (1:10). Of all that we receive from those who have gone before us, nothing is more important.”
A relay race involves more than one person.
In the often individualistic world of track and field, the relay is a unique race. It requires teamwork that other races don’t. The runner who crosses the finish line is integrally dependent on those who have run before him.
Likewise, we need those who have gone before us. We’re running the same race. Hebrews 11 is a clear reminder that we are but one piece of the glorious tapestry God is weaving together for His glory.
The race won’t finish with the baton in your hands. But be cautious. If you decide not to pass the Gospel, then there will be a chain of people that never get to experience God’s love.
The race will finish when it reaches everyone’s hands.