“Therefore, 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, looking 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.” Hebrews 12:1-2
As an athlete in track, Coach Winn helped me become a better runner. The first part of becoming better at track included daily practice. We would run long distances and short distances. We would practice our hand-off’s to one another. We would race against one another. All of these helped us get ready and even improved our endurance.
If we would have jumped into our first track meet without training, we would have likely failed. Following Christ is a long distance race. We need to have the endurance to keep on keepin’ on. It takes willingness to keep pushing forward and willingness to not give up. Not only is this important for you and me to understand about our own walk, but it is important to understand how we can encourage others to keep pushing forward. Getting into the word daily, fellowshipping with believers and spending time praying helps build our endurance. It draws us closer to Him.
Another area Coach Winn encouraged me to do was pick a point at the end of the track above the finish line. Once I picked the point, he said, “don’t take your eyes off it.” Coach Winn wanted me to focus on that point so I might have better running form; it would keep my eyes on the goal and head in a static position. If I didn’t pick a point focus, my head would bobble around aimlessly and decrease my running speed.
We need to maintain our focus on Christ on our journey. As I mentioned before, it requires endurance and it as requires focus. This focus on Christ, our Savior, helps you and me push forward in our faith. If we aren’t focused on Christ, we might find ourself aimless in our faith. Christ wants you and me to remain focused on Him; fixing our eyes on Him. He is Lord and sits at the right hand of the Father.
While we are on the island, we need to build our own endurance. We need to help build other people’s endurance. We need to focus on Christ. We need to encourage others to focus on Christ.
May we press on in our faith and fix our eyes on Christ today.