Run with patience the race that is set before us. "Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God." Hebrews 12: 1,2.
Let us as Christians run the race so that we might receive the crown. We are called to be saved, and called to lose our life in our Savior so that we might gain eternal, everlasting life, but we must be willing to walk as he walked, and endure afflictions as he did, and be a partaker of his reproach and his suffering in this present world. Seeing that we are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, we as Christians are in the arena of life and all the host of heaven, the host of hell, all the saints that have gone on to glory, and those who are yet alive are in the grandstands to see how we will run the race of life and to cheer us on. We need to put aside everything in this life, whether it be spiritual or material, which would tend to weigh us down and hinder us from doing the will of God.
We know that we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ and receive for the things we have done in our bodies in this life; therefore, we ought to keep our eyes fixed upon Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, and like him, for the joy that is set before us, endure the trials and afflictions and minor annoyances of this life with full assurance that one day when the race is run, we shall share in his inheritance, behold his glory, and be as he is.
It is better to suffer afflictions with the people of God than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a moment. We must be diligent lest that for one tiny bit of advantage or comfort in this life, we do not dishonor God and sell our birthright and lose our reward and inheritance.
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Posted from the book - "Morning Thoughts And Meditations" - by Robert A. Searles Available from our website at www.telehelppublications.com/