Running to Win (Hebrews 12:1-11)


Rev. Clint Smith
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Running to Win – Hebrews 12:1-11

We commonly refer to Hebrews chapter eleven as the “Hall of Faith.” Listed are the righteous saints of the past who gave all so they might receive their prize. Chapter twelve begins with a challenge. Will we accept the Holy Spirit inspired challenge?

We are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, who by faith have testified to the truth of God’s absolute faithfulness.

As we spiritually mature, we must strip off every unnecessary sin. These sins easily entangle us as we strive, with the Holy Spirit’s leading, to live the Christian life.

We are challenged to run with endurance and actively persist in the race we personally have set before us.

The faith race requires us to focus our eyes on Jesus Christ, who is the Author and Perfecter of mature Christian faith.

Jesus joyfully endured the suffering and shame of the cross for our redemption.

Jesus sat down at the right hand of the throne of God revealing His deity, His authority, and the completion of His work.

We have been exhorted as sons not to give up or give in when it gets hard. It is going to get harder.

Earthly dads are the example God uses for us to rightly understand His discipline. This is the example in Scripture: “We have had earthly fathers who disciplined us, and we submitted and respected them for training us; shall we not much more willingly submit to the Father of spirits, and live by learning from His discipline? Hebrews 12:9

God’s goal in our discipline is for us to conform to His will.