Today my devotional challenged me to look at my race and see what is distracting me from Jesus. It pointed to one of my life verses – Hebrews 12:1-2 – and again I was inspired. This time I read it in the Amplified Bible which adds some words to help with the understanding.
Therefore then, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses (who have borne testimony to the Truth) let us strip off and throw aside ever encumbrance (unnecessary weight) and that sin which so readily (deftly and cleverly) clings to and entangles us, and let us run with patient endurance and steady and active persistence the appointed course of the race that is set before us. Looking away (from all that will distract) to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith (giving the first incentive for our belief) and is also its Finisher (bringing it to maturity and perfection). He, for the joy (of obtaining the prize) that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
In the past other words have stood out, but today those words in bold stood out to me. I want to get rid of the weight of bad attitudes, frustration, and irritation. Instead, I want have the patience to endure the course that I’m on right now. Not looking ahead and worrying about how everything is going to work then, but to be steadfast and actively persistent. Persistence seems like a passive – just sit here and wait- type of thing. But it’s actually an active thing – to pursue our Source, Jesus, for everything. To be persistent to believe the things promised and to see the fruit of your labor. It’s an essential element of success. If you’re not around the see the outcome, what’s the point. So I’m encouraged not to give up or lose heart, but to continue with what has been given to me today, listening to Jesus, and doing my very best for Him!