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Run/Ride/Live With Perseverance

Hebrews 12:1-2

1 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, 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.

profileMy wife is getting ready for a 100-mile bike ride.  She has done this ride before.  Between now and the ride she will be in training.  She rides 25-35 miles regularly – but working up to 100 miles takes some effort.  She said she would like to get in a few 35-50 mile rides before the 100-mile ride.  I’m proud of her because when she sets her eyes on a goal – she goes after it with vigor and determination.  Her brother and a good friend will also be riding with her (maybe next year I will try it if I can get my knee fixed and get a road bike instead of a trail bike).

In order to ride such a distance – she not only needs to train – and be diligent about her training (she is headed out as I type this devotional thought) – she needs special clothing – a good bike – shoes that are comfortable – and more.  She is not going after this goal to fail.  She wants to do the whole 100 miles and live to tell about it!

Do we have this type of vigor or drive for our spiritual life?  I was preaching Sunday and mentioned the zeal and excitement many of us had as new Christians – when we first accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior.  Some of us came out of a life that was filled with sin and despair.  All of us were lost and on our way to hell before we received the free gift of salvation found only through Jesus!  When we move from the darkness of sin into the light of Christ (even as we still struggle with sin as saved individuals) we gain a new peace – a new excitement for life. The old has gone and the new has come Paul writes – we are transformed.  New Christians tend to have zeal about their faith.  New Christians tend to want to tell others about Christ – they want to convert the world – they can’t understand why others resist this Jesus that has transformed their lives.  The excitement of one moment being lost and the next moment being saved is so powerful.

I stated Sunday that the further we move away from that salvific moment – that transforming moment – the further it seems we move away from that zeal.  So what happens after the zeal dies or wanes?  What happens as we move away from our salvific moment?  Do we allow the zeal to die – to wane – or do we strive to keep that excitement and joy?

As the author of Hebrews wrote – should we seek after Christ more and more as we mature in Christ?  Hebrews 12:1-2 – 1 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, 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.

Like my wife – as she prepares for a 100-mile bike ride – we should shake off everything that hinders our walk with Jesus.  We should focus on our walk with Christ – striving to run with perseverance the race marked out for us.  Perseverance is the key – never giving up – never saying enough is good enough – never letting Satan have a foothold in our life.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

August 28, 2013 - Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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