Let Us Run
Daily Reading: Today we’re reading Hebrews 12. We’ll finish reading Hebrews tomorrow, then we’ll move to Colossians. Hang in there! We’ll have read the whole New Testament by December!
“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, 2 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.”
– Hebrews 12:1–2
Hebrews 11 is often referred to as the “Hall of Faith.” In other words, it is a chapter celebrating people who had great faith and who God did mighty things through. In light of these spiritual heroes, Hebrews 12 starts off, “Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses…” One of the things that I love most about being a Christian is the ancientness of it. I think sometimes we work so hard to make our faith “relevant” that we lose the beautiful reality that our faith has a rich history. We worship the same God as Abraham, Sarah, Moses, Joshua, Esther, Ruth, Peter, Paul, Stephen…we could go on and on. These men and women prayed to the same God we do. They struggled with their sinfulness and failures just like we do. Yet God used them to do great things for his kingdom just like he uses us.
Hebrews 12 invites us to remember these heroes of faith and be inspired. To remember that we are running another leg of the same race they ran. In light of this, let’s not run the race with a burden on our back. I love the language of verse 1, “let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which clings so closely, and let us run…” In his grace, God has made a way through Jesus for us to lay aside both our sin, and whatever else would hold us back. We look to him who bore our sins on the cross, we remember his burden lifting mercy, and we run!
What is holding you back? Are you hanging on to a secret sin that plagues your life? Do you carry a burden that keeps you from obedience? Have you just lost sight of Jesus? Get your eyes back on him. Reading Hebrews 12 and this devotion is a great way to start. Then continue pressing forward in obedience as you lay aside your burdens and your sins and live out your calling to be a light in this world.
Finally, remember the joy that is set before YOU this morning. As we fix our eyes on Jesus, we look forward to a coming King. We will spend our eternity in the presence of the one seated on the throne. Many have gone before us and are already gathered there. Live the vapor that is today sold out for the race. And do this, not in your own strength, but eyes on Jesus. Maybe spend a minute praying this morning for two things: (1)That you would be free of your burdens and sins, and (2) that the Spirit would help you see the beauty of Jesus so that you can’t take your eyes off of him.
Let us run!