Sunday, September 12

So that you will not grow weary and lose heart

Scripture: Isaiah 23-24, Hebrews 12

Hebrews 12:1–3 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 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

Observation

Such an encouraging word!  After the stirring recitation of the great heroes of faith, the author calls us to run our race as they ran theirs.  We have a “race marked out for us.”  See also Ephesians 2:10 that says we have good works “which God prepared in advance for us to do.”  God has a plan for me, a race marked out for me.  Run your race with perseverance—don’t give up but keep going, even when it’s hard.

Throw off everything that hinders or entangles.  There is something to reflect on today.  What slows me down or trips me up in my race?  What is keeping me from running well, from doing the good that God has marked out for me?

The key to running with perseverance is fixing our eyes on Jesus, considering Him who endured such opposition.  Keeping our eyes on Jesus will help us persevere, not grow weary and lose heart.  

Application

I’m interacting with lots of people who are “growing weary and losing heart.”  Some have drifted from their faith and quit the race.  Others are just slowing down, weary and discouraged.  It’s been a long, hard season—and I’m feeling it like so many others.

We need to fix our eyes on Jesus.  However hard it’s been for us, it was harder for Him and He persevered for our sake.  He can give us a vision of “the joy set before” us, and help us run with perseverance.  He can keep our hearts from becoming weary and discouraged.  

Prayer: Lord, help me stay focused on Jesus.  I want to run my race well and finish strong.