When I ran track in high school, I competed in the 800m and 1500m races. My teammates competed in different races. The sprinters ran the 100m and 200m, while the long-distance runners ran the 3000m and 5000m. Although we all ran on the same track, we had our own particular races to run. As Christians, we are all running on the same road that leads to what John Bunyan calls the Celestial City. Nevertheless, we all have unique races to run because no two lives are exactly the same and we don’t serve Christ in the abstract. We always trust and obey the Lord concretely in a particular context, which is why God calls us to run our race. The author Hebrews says that we are to run the race that God sets before us (Heb. 12:1). We aren’t to run the race set before “them” or “him” or “her” but the race set before us. Paul says that we are to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling (Phil. 2:12). We aren’t to work out someone else’s salvation, only our own.