Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Look unto Jesus

"Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance 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..." Hebrews 12:1-2

I have read this passage so many times before. In certain seasons of life I found myself keeping my eyes fixed on Jesus...not looking to the left or the right. I was running as best as I could the race set before me.

I read this passage today and thought about the race I'm running now. It's a new race - not one I've run before. I don't like this race. It's hard. It's exhausting. It's scary. It's stressful. Yet it is the race set before us.

We didn't just happen upon it. We aren't just off-track with the universe. As one friend put it, "This is not God's plan B."

This is the race set before us. 

And we're not told to walk. Or wander. Or jog.

We're told to run. With e n d u r a n c e.

Because running is hard. And we need endurance when the race is long.

We're told to run with the same endurance that Christ used on the cross. My race certainly is not as difficult as what Jesus faced on the cross. And yet he endured...

While we're running we're told to look unto Jesus. Not unto the world. Not unto our friends or family members. Not unto our neighbors. Not unto our church community.

Look unto Jesus friends.

Stacy, look unto Jesus. Look unto Jesus. Look unto Jesus. Look unto Jesus.

And keep running.


CRSte said...

Thank you so much for sharing your heart Stacy! I am so thankful for the opportunity to learn from you and Ryan. We're praying for you both during this season.

Stacey said...

Hang in there, friend. Praying that the Lord will continue to teach you and comfort you as you keep looking unto Him and trusting Him.