“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,” Hebrews 12:1 NKJV
The life of every Christian is a race . What is marked out for you is not likely to be the same as mine. This race is not competitive where someone comes first, second, third and so on.
It is important to identify the things that can hinder us from making it to the end: Weight and Sin that entangles us.
Just as we have things that can hinder us, we also have two sets of people that can encourage us: Jesus our perfect example, the conqueror of Calvary (Heb. 12:2) and a great cloud of witnesses (Heb. 11 & 12:1) who bore witness to the Truth.
They are not there to witness against us but cheer us up saying “we made it by His grace and you too can make it! We conquered with Him, you too can conquer with Him! We have our trophies, you too can have your trophies!”
Stay focused! The race is a race of Joy. Give it all it takes and win your trophies.
Father, help me to stay focused to the end IJN.