One of the joys I have in this ministry is encouraging others to walk closer with the Lord. There were three opportunities the Lord gave me today to invest in four different people with this objective. They all struggle with issues that are difficult, but not impossible.
As I sat here at my desk praying for them, my mind was drawn to Hebrews 12. Verses 1 to 3 give us a portrait of Jesus to consider so we “may not grow weary or faint-hearted” (12:3). What are the specific things about Jesus that the writer wants us to consider?
· There are many “witnesses” who have gone before us, and they exercised “faith” in the promises of God, though they did not receive the promise of Christ in their life-time (11:40). We often think that no one has gone through troubles like ours. If you think that, read chapter 11, especially verses 32 to 40.
· We are able to “lay aside every weight and sin…and run with endurance the race that is set before us [as we] look to Jesus” (12:1). Freedom is only found in Jesus (Galatians 5:1). When we focus on the struggle against sin, we focus on the wrong thing. Freedom from the power of sin is never in ourselves. It is ONLY in the person of Jesus. LOOK TO HIM!
· Faith for the Christian begins with Jesus and ends with Jesus, because He is the Founder or Author and He is the only one who is and will perfect our faith and bring us to glory (12:2).
· As Jesus endured suffering by setting His heart on the joy that would come out of His death, so we must set our hearts on the glory we will reach after we have endured here (12:3).
Will you set the eyes of your heart on Jesus? Seeing Him will give you everything needed to endure and reach the prize.
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