Hebrews 12:1-2a NIV 2011
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.
The author of this letter had just completed words about the faith of Old Testament men and women from Abel to Rahab and beyond. They were the “cloud of witnesses,” whose testimony exemplified the power of faith and God’s faithfulness. The race of a believer is not a sprint, but rather a life long marathon that continues to the finish line. Jesus is the author and finisher of every believer’s faith. Hebrews 2:11, “Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family.” Eyes fixed on Jesus Christ, the Father’s family will finish faithfully.
The past few months have been an extremely lengthy marathon. Lots of moments filled with reflection and self examination all the while remembering who God is. He has faithfully remained by my side because this could never be done alone. I’ve prayed with fellow believers each week. The body of Christ coming together in prayer and petition strengthens my faith. All part of His family, I enjoy offering petitions to our Great God daily. With my eyes fixed on Jesus, I will finish faithfully.
How will we help others finish faithfully?
Eyes fixed on Jesus,