Looking To The Author And Finisher
For the joy He endured the cross.
Knowing that we could have restoration through His sacrifice, Jesus could see the potential of the cross. He kept His eyes on His Father and His purpose. Becoming a channel through which God could bestow His grace.
In order to run the race set before us, we must keep our eyes on Jesus. Jesus is the beginning and end of our faith. We can only believe and run the race of faithfulness through Him. When we grow faint and weary of this life and spiritual battle, He is the One who lifts of up. He is the One who has gone before and knows personally every entrapment of the enemy, every stumbling block, and more importantly...how to overcome it all.
Verse one of Hebrews 12 advises us to lay aside every weight. God wants us to have freedom through Jesus. Not to be weighed done with the burdens that sin brings into our lives. He is offering us help and hope through faith in His Son.
Through Jesus, we can run the race set before us with faith and perseverance casting our burdens on Him. If we take our eyes off Jesus, we stumble and fall. But, we can look up and set our feet back on the path with our eyes fixed on Him and move forward allowing Him to work through us to finish what He has started.
Am I stumbling along? Let me fix my eyes on Jesus.
Father God, when I look down the path and view the distance of the race, may I not be discouraged with all the challenges I see. Let my eyes search for You. Let me see Jesus there waiting for me. May I fix my eyes on Him and run with patience and perserverance. When I stumble encourage me to get up and reset my view.
May my faith be strong that I may one day be in the arms of Jesus and hear, "Well done good and faithful servant. You have run well."
Amen and Amen.