Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Hebrews 12:1-3


1Therefore, 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. 2Let 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. 3Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.


These passages follow what is often called the faith chapter where the author of Hebrews reminds us of all the fathers in the faith who have gone before and persevered for God. They obeyed God and did his will even when it was not easy, popular, or comfortable. They are our great cloud of witnesses. In that context, we are instructed to get rid of all the sin in our lives that prevents us from doing the will of God. This passage indicates that sin entangles us. It trips us up. It ties us down and does not allow us to run the race. It prevents us from doing the will of God and from being used by God. If we are tied up with sin, how will we reach the finish line and receive the prize? However, we have Jesus. We need to focus our lives on him; not ourselves; not the world. Jesus needs to be our desire. We need to remember what he endured for us. Partner with Christ in your race. Allow him to transform you. Submit yourself to him. Throw off sin. Fight it back. Run the race with perseverance.

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