Just as in a relay race, you are in a generational race for the Cross of Christ. Each generation will give an account of how well they run their race. You need each other. Each generation has been given different gifts, talents and mantles for their time and season. However, each generation is connected to the past and the future. You cannot get to where you are going without those that have gone before you; and the race will be completed by those that are still in the future.
The great cloud of witnesses are cheering you on! You are almost home, so do not slow down and give up now! Have you trained with the sole purpose of winning the prize? You are responsible for your leg of the race. You must run your race and carefully pass the baton on to the next generation. They are depending on you, so keep your eyes fixed and do not drop your baton!
Each one of you is important to the advancement of My Kingdom in the earth. Rejoice, My children, for the rewards I have for you cannot compare to anything you have had to endure in this life. Therefore, run your race well, for the great cloud of witnesses and all of heaven is cheering you on!
Jeremiah 12:5 Amplified Bible (AMP)
[The Lord rebukes Jeremiah for his impatience, saying] “If you have raced with men on foot and they have tired you out,
Then how can you compete with horses?
If you fall down in a land of peace [where you feel secure],
Then how will you do [among the lions] in the [flooded] thicket beside the Jordan?
Hebrews 10:36 Amplified Bible (AMP)
For you have need of patient endurance [to bear up under difficult circumstances without compromising], so that when you have carried out the will of God, you may receive and enjoy to the full what is promised.
1 Corinthians 9:24-27 Amplified Bible (AMP)
24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run [their very best to win], but only one receives the prize? Run [your race] in such a way that you may seize the prize and make it yours! 25 Now every athlete who [goes into training and] competes in the games is disciplined and exercises self-control in all things. They do it to win a crown that withers, but we [do it to receive] an imperishable [crown that cannot wither]. 26 Therefore I do not run without a definite goal; I do not flail around like one beating the air [just shadow boxing]. 27 But [like a boxer] I strictly discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached [the gospel] to others, I myself will not somehow be disqualified [as unfit for service].