Hebrews 12 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,
That’s what we did our devotion on yesterday, getting rid of things that are slowing us down. *Here comes controversy* Lemme point out this says “everything” and “the sin” not “everyone.” Now, sometimes people are toxic and we need to remove them, but this passage is talking about things we are doing that are negative. Anyways…. lets keep moving.
2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he 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 sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
The reason our young celery was sprinting towards his/her family and was able to navigate properly around the things encumbering it was because it’s eyes were fixed on it’s family. Celery was looking at celery junior, celery juniorette, and asparagus (the spouse). Hebrews calls us to focus on the solution…. (Jesus) not the setup (the problems around us/path to get there). I know some of these words may seem odd if you haven’t been tracking our devotions this week but setup: situation we are put in to arrange our thoughts and actions; Solution: Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, and Jesus. Why should we be focusing on the solution instead of worrying about the storm around us, the choices at hand, and the mistakes we are making? Well I am glad you asked! You always bring up the best questions. Look at that verse: fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. It’s Jesus who did what we are doing and did it perfectly. It is Jesus who sent the Spirit to help us, sets an example, and now sits next to God interceding for us. It is Jesus who can help us through all of this, and is the answer to all of this. We aren’t going to become better by gritting our teeth down harder, trying new tactics we’ve decided on, etc. We grow in righteousness and continue our race WELL if we focus on Him who is the pioneer and perfecter of our faith.
Lust? Focus on the Lord and the love He has for you will slowly shift your priorities
Glutony? Focus on the Lord and the love He has for you will slowly shift your priorities
Laziness? Focus on the Lord and get off your butt- I mean Focus on the Lord and the love He has for you will slowly shift your priorities.
Jesus wants to help us change, in the way a loving father wants to teach his child to become an adult. He doesn’t (hopefully) chastise them, beat them, and mock them for their mistakes. He takes those opportunities to show them truth through the mistake, the storm. He comes alongside them gently and does not shame them due to their inadequacies. Instead, He looks upon His beloved and gives them grace and mercy, while simultaneously showing them further truth.
He does all this so that our priorities shift and we will bow down and worship Him. For when we are entrenched in worship for our Lord we are freed from the grip of sin.
Spend 1 minute in prayer thanking God that He is loving and gracious during your mistakes. Then spend 2-3 minutes asking the Lord to help you focus on Him when you’re failing, falling, and fretting.
Remind someone that God understands us, including our failure. You’re broken and feel like no one could ever understand you… but He can.