Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.” Hebrews 12:1-2
In my quiet time this morning I was led to mediate on this passage and share it with you. I hope it ministers to your heart like it does mine.
Focusing our entire attention on Jesus can benefit us in many ways, the most important of which is a deep relationship with God. As you read this passage, refocus your eyes on Christ. Jesus suffered tremendous humiliation, injustice, and physical pain to do God’s will (Hebrews 12:2-4). Strangers arrested Him for crimes he didn’t commit, beat Him, mocked Him, and spat on Him. Friends deserted Him. His heavenly Father left Him to die alone. He died slowly and painfully in the company of common thieves. He became an offering for our sin (see 2 Corinthians 5:21). That is the price Jesus paid to obey His heavenly Father.
The struggles you endure to follow Jesus are real. It takes energy and commitment to say no to sinful desires, to do good deeds that you don’t want to do, and to discipline yourself to pray and study God’s Word on a regular basis. When you feel discouraged in your Christian life, think of Jesus and all He went through to do what God wanted. Then take heart knowing that you can do what God requires of you by His strength and grace. Stay focused on Him.