Tuesday, April 26, 2011

the race.

Hebrews 12:1 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.2 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.
The great men and women of faith (ch.11) who have gone before us give us examples to follow in our Christian walk.  Paul doesn't tell us to drop the excess weight; rather, he tell us to THROW it off.  This implies intention and force.  Anything that hinders us from following Christ 100% must be given up passionately and purposefully.  The sin in our lives holds us in chains, and this keeps us from running.  Paul tells us to RUN!  Run, don't walk, don't amble, don't plod.  We should RUN with the intention of never giving up or stopping.  This race that we run has been determined by God from the beginning of time.  We don't choose the path; He lays it out and we are only to follow the path.  The only way we can do this is to look at Jesus CONSTANTLY.  Fixing our eyes on Him implies unmoving and undistracted.  Jesus is the one who created our faith and He will complete it for us.  Jesus knows what running this race is like because He has a race of his own to run.  The path laid out for HIM before time was death on the cross.  His purpose, his RACE, was to provide a way for us to avoid eternal punishment for the sins we deserve to suffer and die for.  Jesus endured this unthinkable suffering, felt contempt for the shame that came with the cross, and when He was finished, when his race was done and his path complete, He received his reward, being exalted to the highest place next to the Father.  How much more should we run with perseverance and vigor, always with joy, because we know what is to come!

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