Friday, May 08, 2015

Run with Endurance (Hebrews 12:1-2)

Hebrews 12:1-2 says, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Hebrews chapter 11 is sometimes called the “Hall of Fame of Faith,” as it lists biblical heroes who demonstrated amazing faith in God. Then in chapter 12 the author turns from looking back to speaks directly at the reader and to us today.

He challenges us to look at the faith of others and be inspired to set aside the things in our lives that so easily weigh us down (our trials, our worries, our sins...) and run hard after Christ.

What weighs you down? How can you lay it down, fix your eyes on Jesus, and run with endurance? Lift your head up and look to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith. He is the source of our strength, peace, and joy, and he showed his amazing love for us by enduring hardship and shame, as he gave his life for us all.

Let's pray for grace and strength to run with endurance the race that is set before us.

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