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 perfecter 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.
Written by: Kyle Glenn
I do not like to run…but I do it. I run for a number of reasons, but not because I enjoy it. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy being done with the run. I never regret it afterwards, but before and during I would rather be doing anything else. I enjoy the benefits of running, including the fresh air and the exercise, but the actual run itself…not so much.
There are many parallels between running and life, and the Bible points them out. Following Jesus often requires us to do things we may not want to do. These are things that make us uncomfortable. The writer of Hebrews encourages us to run, but when we do, to keep our eyes on Jesus. Whatever God has you going through right now, just keep moving. Persevere and focus on what God has ahead for you. What God has waiting on the other side is beyond what you could ever hope or imagine.
God knew that life would be uncomfortable, that is why He gave us the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is also known as The Comforter (John 14:16). If life was comfortable, we would not need a Comforter. The reality is the life Jesus lived led him to the cross; Hebrews 12:1 says that He “endured the cross.” Following Jesus will lead us to great joy, peace, and contentment, but to get there, God may ask us to do some hard things.
Growth rarely comes from comfort. Most life change and growth happen when we lay aside our desires and choose to obey Jesus. The benefits of following Jesus lay on the other side of faith. It is not always safe. It is risky. It is dangerous, but it is the best way to live life! The benefits far outweigh a comfortable life.
Thought of the day: What area in your life is God asking you to trust Him? It could be serving your spouse, going to serve on a mission trip, stewarding money God’s way, joining a ministry team, or working on steps of recovery.
What is God asking you to do that seems scary? The good news: You can trust Him.
Prayer: Ask the Holy Spirit to give you the courage today to run with perseverance and take your first step forward in faith.