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. Hebrews 12:1-2 (ESV)
Running the race looking to Jesus as the founder and perfecter of our faith is what the Hebrew writer calls us to. The race we are called to run, has been run before. It has been run by Jesus and He finished strong. He finished victoriously. He won the prize, a seat at the right hand of God.
Looking to Jesus as the founder of our faith is to look to Him as the one that has gone before us. He is the example to look to as we seek to live out a faith that is pleasing to God. This race we are running requires endurance, it is the race of a lifetime. Its not race measured in miles, but in years. Everyone that crosses the finish line receives a crown of glory.
But, in order to make it to that finish line we need to get rid of everything that hinders us in the race. All the baggage and sin has to be put down and we need to take the baton of faith run our hearts out. The founder and perfecter of our faith has finished His race and waits at the finish line for us.
We are not in this race alone, we have our teammates (the church) with us. We are all together to encourage one another and when necessary take turns carrying one another to that finish line. If you have stumbled and fallen, get back up today. Don’t look back, look straight ahead and keep on going. If you see someone else stumbling reach out and help them before they fall. Let’s run with endurance together.
© 2015 Leo J. Woodman