'Let us run...keeping our eyes on Jesus.' Hebrews 12:1-2 NLT
In the Bible we are encouraged to: 'Run with endurance the race that God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honour beside God's throne. Think of all...he endured...then you won't become weary and give up' (Hebrews 12:1-3 NLT).
Jesus kept going, even when things got tough, even when God's plan for him involved suffering and pain. We can see his moment of anguish in the Garden of Gethsemane on the night he was betrayed by Judas. He cried out to God: 'My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will' (Matthew 26:39 NIV). Even in his moment of wanting to give up, he still believed that God's will for his life was the best thing.
And when we're struggling to keep on running, we need to believe that God has everything under control, and that he's working everything for our good (see Romans 8:28). Jesus' faith, endurance and perseverance are a great example to us, and an encouragement to us to keep going when we feel we can't.
So what now? Over the next few weeks, do a Jesus study in one of the gospel books: Matthew, Mark, Luke or John. How did he respond to life, how did he keep going? Keep going, watching Jesus, your champion.
Soulfood: Jer 41-44, Luke 6:27-36, Ps 109:1-15, Pro 15:22