The Joy That Is Before, And The Cloud That Surrounds

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. (Hebrews 12:1–3, NIV 1984).

My Musings – Such is life in this fallen world that we do not what “race [is] marked out for us.” Often, the course takes us through terrain that is difficult for us to traverse. It is all too easy to see the hindrances, the entanglements and the opposition that surrounds us. Causing us to “grow weary and lose heart.” How can we possibly throw them off and persevere? By changing where we fix our “eyes.” For when we see where we are headed, to the One who first finished the course and blazed the trail for us, we can push through the “wall.”

My Advice – While we’re running, let’s not ignore the “great cloud of witnesses” cheering for and encouraging us. And let’s do the same for them. Run with the pack. It’s called the Church.

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