“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also 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 protecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” — Hebrews 12: 1-2 (ESV)
It’s Not Going to Be Easy
There is something incredibly rewarding about training and running a long race. During my freshman year of college, I trained for and ran a half marathon. This was no small feat for someone with my athletic abilities. I had to say no to parties. I was unable to eat the junk foods that my 19-year-old self craved. The training was tedious and time consuming. All of the discipline and self-denial was 100 percent worth it once the finish line was crossed. It was a borderline euphoric feeling.
Hebrews 12 reminds us that our walk with Christ is one that requires endurance; it is no sprint. Walking with Christ comes with temporary pains, self-denial and worldly struggles. In the cross, Jesus shows us that with endurance, there is great reward. Our finish line is eternal life with Him in Heaven. That is exciting news!
As we continue our walk here on earth, let’s look to the example of Jesus and bring God’s Kingdom to this planet each day. Run with endurance. Look to Jesus as your North Star.
Do not be defeated during temporary struggles. Remember the wonderful finish line awaiting you in Heaven. God bless you today.
— Shea Antunes
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