The Christian life is a marathon of endurance. How well are you running your race? Alistair Begg counsels us that in order to run well, we must deal with the entanglements that slow us down. Both good gifts that disrupt our focus and sins that cause us to stumble can hinder our spiritual progress. To overcome such obstacles, we must fix our eyes on Jesus, who is the author and perfecter of our faith, as well as our race’s prize.
1Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
3Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. 4In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.
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Scripture taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Text provided by the Crossway Bibles Web Service.