We look away from the natural realm and we focus our attention and expectation onto Jesus who birthed faith within us and who leads us forward into faith’s perfection. His example is this: Because his heart was focused on the joy of knowing that you would be his, he endured the agony of the cross and conquered its humiliation, and now sits exalted at the right hand of the throne of God! Hebrews 12:1-2
It is important to make sure you are running toward the right thing in a race and not getting lost along the way. It can be easy to get distracted by detours from the path. In life, a detour is something that distracts from God and His will. It might be a sin or a habit that keeps pulling you off track and makes it hard for you to focus on God and the finish line.
By running with focus towards Him and His word, we can find the strength to stay on the path and keep the faith, even when the running grows tiring or the path feels hard. Perseverance is essential in running a race. As time goes on, you may tire of running or want to take a break. In the Christian walk, there may be times when it is challenging to live for Christ. People may be judgmental, or life may become so hard it shakes your beliefs. No matter the circumstances, the strength to continue as a Christian can be found in Christ.
We are encouraged to “Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart” (Hebrews 12:3, NIV). As Christians, taking heart in Jesus can give us hope for the future, both in our present lives and with Christ after the race is complete.
I Declare: Today I declare that my eyes are fixed on Jesus, I look to Him for both inspiration and instructions. I am not distracted by the shallow happenings around me. Everything else pales into insignificance in the light of the resurrected Christ.
Ignite Thought: You can’t look up to the crowd and arrive at the finish line of your race well and on time.