By Allen White
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. Hebrews 12:2 (NIV)
As runners in a race, the author of Hebrews challenges us to look at the stories of other great runners (Hebrews 11). Their stories of hardship and sacrifice that ultimately led to victory are our inspiration. Our ability to run is greatly enhanced by throwing off anything that will slow down our pace, particularly sin that will trip us up.
The goal of our running is not to run away from Hell, sin or self. The goal is Jesus. As we intently concentrate on the outcome of the race, we have the perspective and motivation to run. Jesus is the author, the initiator, of the race. He is also the perfecter. Now, that doesn’t mean that Jesus will necessarily make us perfect in this life. The word perfect here means “complete” or “finished.” Jesus, who fired the starting gun, will be right there to wave the flag at the end of the race. He’ll make sure that we cross that finish line.
How do we know that our race will turn out so well? Because Jesus endured far more than any of us. Now, He wears the victor’s crown. So will we who believe in Him.
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