”Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.” Hebrews 12:1-2
Would you consider yourself an athlete? In my younger years, I played recreational soccer. To sustain a competitive edge, I learned to prioritize fitness. Speed became my greatest asset. I also analyzed soccer’s greatest players, and emulated their every move to improve my skills. As I tried to imitate the professionals’ skills, successes came…slowly. Perseverance motivated me to run faster and reproduce the expertise of soccer’s greatest.
In Hebrew 12:1-2, Paul reminds us that, as spiritual athletes, we must run with relentless perseverance because God has already marked out the race for us.
God knows our life’s trajectory, but successfully completing the race requires stamina and emulation.
As we run our race, we must fix our eyes on Jesus because he is our faith model — our compass for authentic faith. As we scrutinize Jesus…