Running “the Faith Race”

I just finished reading and reflecting on Hebrews 11 again this year during “coffee with the Lord.

It’s about a life of faith (leading to obedience) – the kind of life that pleases God!  A life that embraces all that life brings in a God-pleasing way!  Life lived with “confidence” in God regardless of what comes our way – confidence in His character, His direction, His promises, His presence, His provision, His power … regardless (“The good, the bad, and the ugly”)!!! 

And the chapter asserts and identifies the host of people down through the ages who have demonstrated “a faith walk” is the way to live life!!!  Again… REGARDLESS!!!

So this morning I finished reading and reflecting on Hebrews 11 and read the following words from Hebrews 12…

“Therefore [looking back over all that Hebrews 11 has said], since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising its shame, and is seated at the right hand  of the throne of God.  Consider Him who endured from sinners such hostility against Himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.”  (From Hebrews 12:1-3)

Listen, I’m grateful for every example of faith that Hebrews 11 gives me – that “cloud of witnesses” down through human history!  But more than anything else I’ve got my eyes on Jesus, “the founder and perfecter of my faith!”  I’ve run a few marathons in my life and I can tell you this life is NOT a sprint – it’s a marathon!  I know what it is to reach mile 20 and want to quit … I know what it is to feel like you can’t  make it to mile 26.2!  And in this “faith-life” I intend to “lay aside every weight, and the sin which clings so closely, and run with endurance” the course set before me… looking to the saints of the ages who are my heroes, but most of all to Jesus, my Savior!

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