Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Let's Run Our Race


Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1-2)

  • We are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses. Hebrews 11 outlined many people in the past who were faithful to God. Although they are now dead, their lives are an encouragement to us to be faithful too. Their lives encourage us to persevere in the faith.

  • Let us lay aside every weight. We must put away every burden and problem. They will slow us down. We must not let that happen. Instead, we are to narrow the margin and keep up the pace.

  • And the sin which so easily ensnares us. We must watch where we are going. We must avoid every trap and temptation. They will pull us away from the race.

  • Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us. We must go on in the Lord for the rest of our life. We don’t know for how long, or how difficult is our journey. We just move forward. No turning back; no regrets.

  • Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. We must fix our eyes on Jesus. We must stay focused, and stay on course. We are to look up to Him. Jesus is the beginning and the end of our faith. We are to run and finish our race in Him alone!

  • It is a race to Heaven. Jesus had finished His race. He had endured the cross for the joy of loving His Father and seeing us saved! He had endured the suffering and shame that is due to us. And He is sitting down at the right hand of the throne of God the Father waiting for us to finish our race!

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