“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. 2 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” Heb 12:1-3 (NIV)
Do you ever grow weary? Do you ever want to throw in the towel? I know there are times that I feel that way. And yet I look at this scripture passage and the thirst of my heart is quenched.
I am encouraged as I read this portion of scripture. I’m not alone; I’m surrounded by the body of Christ. More importantly I have Jesus in my life and He runs with me. As I look at these words of wisdom I am reminded that my faith is continually changing and growing by God’s grace. God is allowing me to become the person that He created me to be.
So on those days when you feel like you cannot take one more step, fix your eyes upon Jesus. This reminds me of a verse from one of my favorite songs: “Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face. And the things of this world will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.”