Keep Running Hard

Zack Hudson

“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. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart”  Hebrews 12:1-3.

There are many areas of our lives that we need to practice perseverance. I recently read a blog that encouraged the readers to realize that “not all feelings are worth following. We need to follow our values and loyalties.” My addition was: “We need to follow Christ.” As we run with perseverance, we will find times where our feelings line up with the race we are running and then times where temptations will creep in and try to direct us onto a different path. Unfortunately, as we read in Hebrews, this sin can easily trip us up. More than likely it usually starts with feelings or emotions that we want to explore. As Christians we need to do a good job of capturing those thoughts and weighing them against God’s standards. With God’s help we can discern whether or not something we are feeling is worth following. It’s okay to tell ourselves “no.”  We are instructed by Jesus to take up our cross daily and follow Him. This is a similar instruction in Hebrews 12. We are removing what holds us back and fixing our eyes on Jesus which helps us not grow weary or lose heart. My friend Rich always encourages me to “keep running hard.”  That would be my encouragement for you today, fix your eyes on Jesus, throw out the things that are useless and keep running hard.  

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