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.
As believers, we have to establish for ourselves a foundation of faithful following. As average, sinful human beings, we have a tendency to do things
On our own and
But what God expects of us is to
For His purpose.
He completed the course set before Him to the letter, following the leading of His Father. We are called to run the race before us just as He did, following His example.
We need to remember 3 points related to faithful following…
For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.
We forget that Jesus followed faithfully unto death, unto the shedding of blood. His path was lined with evil despisers that came against Him the whole way. We have not yet suffered unto blood. We should remember that when we endure our temporary suffering.
And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
We forget the reason we suffer is not for us to be destroyed, but for us to be built up. The Lord loves us enough to correct us. How often do we blame luck or the devil for the hardships we face? Or how often do we think of God’s judgment as the reason for trials, when He really is using trials to keep us true to His way?
If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.
We fail to realize that suffering makes sons. Giving up when hardships arise, failing to follow faithfully, will get us to a place of rejection instead of acceptance. The question is, who do you want to be chastised by? Someone is going to shape each one of our lives- will it be Jesus, with His grace and mercy, or someone who doesn’t care about your life and eternity?
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What do you think? What is your default way of seeing suffering and how should you start changing that view? Let me know in the comments!
The points in bold are from Hebrews 12:1-8 KJV.