"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. 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. Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up. After all, you have not yet given your lives in your struggle against sin."
I love how the writer of Hebrews paints the picture of this life being a race. What I love even more is the wording here of "Jesus the champion." You see, Jesus finished the race of life, and He stands at the finish line cheering us on to finish well and to keep our eyes on Him. We're in some crazy times right now. With a global health crisis, many facing unemployment, and just trying to navigate a situation which many of us have never faced before, I believe it's the word "endurance" that should keep us motivated as believers. The way we run the race with endurance is by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion. When I read this, I imagine running across a scary bridge with flames below and Jesus standing at the end of the bridge saying, "KEEP YOUR EYES ON ME! DON'T LOOK AROUND YOU OR BELOW YOU...EYES ON ME!!" It's so easy to get caught up in the panic and the fear of all that's going on around us and what might happen. But to do this is to look to the right and to the left. We need to keep our eyes locked on Jesus. After all, he endured more than any of us could ever imagine, and when we think of that, it gives us hope to endure. Just as Diana Nyad did, we need to keep our eyes on the goal...to finish the race well! This is a time for the Church to shine in the darkness because we have a hope that the world does not have. We have Jesus, the champion. Let's endure this race together, Evergreen.
This is helpful for me and timely as the Truth of His Word is working an eternal weight of glory in our lives.
Great encouragement!! Thank you Zach!
Thanks for your message. It's so easy to take my eyes off of Jesus during this difficult time. I needed to read your words and take them to heart. Eyes off corona...eyes on Jesus and what steps He wants me to follow for His honor and glory. Blessings to all. My husband and I have only visited the church twice. We look forward to meeting once again with everyone after this virus passes.
Carleen, thank you for your comment! Would love to meet you guys when we all come back together after things calm down!
Hi Zach. Thank you for the upbeat and hopeful devotion. I picture being a horse with blinders on looking at Jesus to help me finish !
Be safe and well.
Love, Pat E
I love that picture, Pat! Thanks!
Thank you Zach! Staying focused on His promises! Such a difficult time for so many right now.
Amen Christina! And no doubt!
Thank you Zach for sharing the profound wisdom from Godâs Word. I am so encouraged to see His wisdom in you. What an incredible gift from God you have been given. I love you, my brother.
Love you, Don! Thanks!
I love this! Such a great reminder ð