Following Good Examples of Faith-Hebrews 12:1-3

 

Hebrews 12:1-3 “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. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him 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 sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”
Ebrei 12:1-3 “Anche noi, dunque, poiché siamo circondati da una così grande schiera di testimoni, deponiamo ogni peso e il peccato che così facilmente ci avvolge, e corriamo con perseveranza la gara che ci è proposta, fissando lo sguardo su Gesù, colui che crea la fede e la rende perfetta. Per la gioia che gli era posta dinanzi egli sopportò la croce, disprezzando l’infamia, e si è seduto alla destra del trono di Dio. Considerate perciò colui che ha sopportato una simile ostilità contro la sua persona da parte dei peccatori, affinché non vi stanchiate perdendovi d’animo.”
     
     In our spiritual life, we see people who are good examples of faith and others that are not. The book of Hebrews asks us to observe the biblical examples throughout chapter 11 and now apply it to our own lives. Notice through the testimonies of faith we read about, we should also follow their model: to throw off, to run and to fix. 
     What do we throw off? The original word is made up of a compound of two words: “to put” and “away”. It is used in other passages of the New Testament and always with the injunction that we must initiate the action. Unless we decide to put away the weights that restrict our spirituality, there will always be a struggle. In verse 1, it is very easy to get weighed down.When we are carrying around weights, it is understandable that the race can be wearisome and our heart becomes exhausted. 
     Second, we see that we are to run. Using the metaphor of a race, no one ever wins a race by walking. We must stay on course. The track is set before us and our purpose is to stay within the lines.
     Third, we are to “fix our eyes on Jesus”. The word “fix” is to view with undivided attention by looking away from every other object. We must intentionally focus on Jesus who waits for us at the finish line!
Pray with me: Lord, throughout the Scriptures I see examples of faith and faithlessness. Help me to follow the examples of faith; that I will decide to cast aside the hindrances, determine to persevere in Your marked path and fix my eyes on the reward of seeing You. 


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