Our scripture this morning is Hebrews 12:1-3.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such hostility against himself from sinners, so that you may not grow weary or lose heart.
Paul tells us to live our faith boldly, as did those who have gone before us. He reminds us that Jesus knew what God had asked of Him and obeyed even though He knew it would be difficult. We may not be asked to endure pain and shame as Jesus did…but it is possible.
When we encounter sin and opposition to God’s plan it is important to keep going. We are called to go in His name regardless of the obstacles the world puts in our way. Nothing the world can offer us or threaten us with can separate us from God’s love.
If we stand together in our faith we will be able to endure whatever the enemy sends against us. In Romans 8:37 Paul writes “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us”. We must remember the sacrifice our savior made for us, and be ready to do the same for Him.
Loving Lord, we are sorry for the times we yield to the things of the world. Help us to be the strong and faithful servants You have called us to be. Amen.