“ 1Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” – Hebrews 12:1-3
Far too often we look in the mirror for our ultimate motivation. We stir up emotions, possibly dreams, and even “chips on our shoulder” that will help us persevere, but are those enough? What happens when we get hurt, benched, or just aren’t feeling it? The truth is we are inconsistent creatures. If perseverance takes consistency over time, how do we expect to endure a long season or life for that matter, when looking at ourselves?
In order for us to persevere, the writer of Hebrews calls us to look at Someone else: Jesus. He is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). When we fix our eyes on Jesus, rather than on our ourselves, we cannot but help be motivated by His consistent love, grace, and mercy. By remembering His sacrifice for us, we can persevere through trials with joy because our Savior has made a way for us. As we turn our eyes on Him, the earthly things that burden us begin to fade away.
In light of Christ’s resurrection, you are not alone. Not only do witnesses of God’s goodness, love and faithfulness surround you, Jesus Himself is with you by the Holy Spirit. My challenge to you today is clearly put in the last verse: “Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”
- What is your motivation for playing today? Are you looking to yourself or Jesus?
- Reflect on Jesus and how He endured the cross for you.
- Fix your eyes on Jesus through prayer and worship.