I have been studying the book of Hebrews lately and today I was so encouraged by the Word. Hebrews 12 is a call to endurance. We are all familiar with verses 1-2, “Let us run with endurance the race that lies before us, keeping our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that lay before Him endured a cross and despised the shame and has sat down at the right hand of God.”
Endurance means “remaining steadfast undeterred from loyalty to Christ despite trials and suffering.” The purpose of endurance is to do the will of God.
Jesus kept his eye on God and the joy set before Him. Jesus endured great suffering but He never quit the race.
Have you ever wanted to just give up? I know I have…plenty of times. Life just seems too hard, too painful, too much. But Jesus is the ultimate example of one who ran the race with endurance. He was full of faithfulness to the Father. Jesus was willing to fulfill God’s will even though that meant suffering, pain, and even death.
I was encouraged by reading this passage this morning. Why? Because I can sometimes get on a pity party and think about all the “bad” things that I have gone through and fall into the “why me God?”
But why not me?
I’m not exempt from pain and suffering. Jesus wasn’t, so why would I think I would? So instead of choosing to wallow in my circumstances I choose to keep my eyes on the joy set before me. I will choose to use my circumstances to bring glory to the kingdom.
Do you find yourself in a pit that you’re unable to climb out of? Or maybe you’re like me and tend to throw yourself a pity party asking “Why me God? Why this?” Just remember you will receive a kingdom that cannot be shaken. We serve a God who is a consuming fire!
So let’s run the race set before us and not give up!
Hebrews 12:28-29 “Since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us hold on to grace. By it, we may serve God acceptably, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.”