…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 NIV
The above passage is one of my favorites. There’s a lot to talk about, but right now I want to zero in on one word: perseverance.
According to biblical usage, this word means steadfastness, constancy, and endurance.
There’s a strong emphasis on action in these verses. Against all odds, through trials and suffering, we’re called to keep going.
How? By locking eyes with Jesus, the pioneer of faith and source of strength.
He paved the way. He paid the price. He finished the work.
All you have to do is keep looking at him. Give him all your attention.
In the process, you’ll learn how to lighten your load and receive supernatural energy to keep putting one foot in front of the other as you run with him, for him, and toward him.
Will you face fatigue and opposition? Yes.
But you have the one thing that never fails: the word of the Lord.
Hear his word to you today:
A life of faith takes training. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. Keep going.