We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. (Hebrews 12:2 NLT)
This “huge crowd of witnesses” is composed of the people described in chapter 11. Their faithfulness is a constant encouragement to us. We do not struggle alone, and we are not the first to struggle with the problems we face. Others have run the race and won, and their witness stirs us to run and win also. What an inspiring heritage we have!
Long-distance runners work hard to build endurance and strength. On race day, their clothes are lightweight and their bodies lean. To run the race that God has set before us, we must also strip off the excess weight that slows us down. How can we do that? (1) Choose friends who are also committed to the race. Wrong friends will have values and activities that may deter you from the course. Much of your own weight may result from the crowd you run with. Make wise choices. (2) Drop certain activities. That is, for you at this time these may be weight. Try dropping them for a while; then check the results in your life. (3) Get help for addictions that disable you. If you have a secret “weight” such as pornography, gambling, or alcohol, admit your need and get help today.
The Christian life involves hard work. It requires us to give up whatever endangers our relationship with God, to run with endurance, and to struggle against sin with the power of the Holy Spirit. To live effectively, we must keep our eyes on Jesus. We will stumble if we look away from him to stare at ourselves or at the circumstances surrounding us. We should be running for Christ, not ourselves, and we must always keep him in sight.
There is debate about who the author of Hebrews was. Most believe that it was Paul. So let’s accept it as such.
Paul is describing the run of faith and what you should do to be successful at it. The huge crowd he is referring to is the people of Israel.
I constantly make myself guilty of being like the rest of the world. Go to church on Sunday and then forget about God till next Sunday. If I want to be a shining light for God I should be an example in everything I tackle. Everything should be done with zeal. It’s actually not so much what we do on a Sunday but what we do during the week. Our head Pastor At Boshoff was preaching about just that on Sunday. The title of his message Breaking Boundaries, depicts this culture of hard work we should wear daily. He was saying that we as humans create our own boundaries. By our lack of faith we limit ourselves.
The most important thing is that we are never alone in our walk. We have fellow Christians and most importantly God and the Holy Spirit. I am in sales – so very results driven. What is amazing is that I can always measure when I am trying to do things on my own. My results are good but never great. Yet when I rely on God in everything my results are great. Take note of the parts in bold.
Nothing in life worth while comes easy, its hard work.
“Lord I pray that I rely on You fully. I know that I am not alone but have you. I thank You Lord. In Jesus name. Amen.”