Run With Endurance The Race of Faith-

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,
2 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 12:2

 

The last few days we have been discussing endurance, discipline, and hard work.

Today we will look at running with endurance.

Notably, this topic is not a favourite among many.

However, since the Bible addresses the topic, time and time again, it just seems right to write about it, meditate on it, and learn from it. Even if it helps one person, it will have been worth the effort. That one person might just be me.

In today’s scripture of choice we comprehend the writer of Hebrews to be encouraging the reader to keep pressing forward, keeping our eyes on Jesus.

The list of sins that so easily ensnares us could be anything from impatience, greed, anger, envy, any kind of idolatry.

We are to keep our eyes on Jesus, the “author” of our faith. He perfects our faith over time and through our life experiences.

He is the one who keeps us on the path of His choosing.

We push past the pain as we run; we refuse to keep a wall up around our hearts, we simply humble ourselves before our LORD. Letting our defenses down, we go in faith before the one who we can trust with all our hearts.

As Christians we also know the importance of clinging to Jesus, for strength and endurance. When we take our eyes off Jesus, we begin to falter and fail. Yet He longs to keep us strong and in the race.

Our race may not always be easy, but we can run with the joy of the LORD upholding us. This is a deep and lasting joy that no one can steal from us. It runs deep in the core of our being, deep in our souls. This joy radiates inside us to the outside as the Spirit of the LORD fills us.

The heroes of the faith listed in Hebrews 12 ran their race, facing persecution with fortitude and joy. Above all, Jesus, our first example always, endured the cross, and shame, knowing He would soon sit at the right hand of God forever and always.

As we keep our eyes on Jesus, in faith, we too can run our race, despising the shame, overcoming the heartache, and running to the finish line with exuberant joy and victory.

Join me in the race of a lifetime and let us finish well for God’s glory always.

This one race of life is worth running.

The Christian can run with endurance to the finish line, and then into eternity.

Run with endurance, dear reader.

Run with God’s help, in His strength, and I will too.

Run for eternity.

Run for Jesus.

Run to Jesus.

Run forever blessed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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