Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1-2)
- As we run the Christian race, we become easily tired and exhausted.
- The book of Hebrews encourages us to run with endurance the race that is set before us. We must lay aside the sin that stands in our way; we must shed the weights that hold us back; and we must press on even through persecution.
- To prevent weariness and discouragement in our souls, we must focus on Christ. He is running alongside us, supporting us when we stumble, and encouraging us with His example. Keeping our eyes on the author and finisher of our faith will help us stay close to the source of our strength and remain faithful to the finish.
- Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face. And the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace. We can finish strong when we focus on Christ.