Run On: Where is your sight?
Here is the third and final installment of my revelations from Hebrews 12:1-2 Study how He did it.
Watching someone race the perfect race gives you a model in which to work and strive towards. In our lives Jesus is that “athlete”. In our relationship with Jesus, part of it should be like how an athlete is with their coach. We show up, listen and then do what our coach says because He doesn’t just know what’s best he has done it. His coaching looks different to what the world is used to. It comes through reading His word, speaking His word over our lives, going to church to hear his word, by walking alongside other Christians who have applied His truths, learning from them, simply put it’s putting his voice above all others. This is an all-inclusive effort.
Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—
Have you ever been realized that in all sports the importance of where you place your gaze? In swimming you must keep your head neutral. It’s ideal to be looking only slightly forward on the black line to stay straight and maintain proper body position. In water polo you must have in your sight at all times where the ball, opponents and teammates are. You’re looking for openings, position and passing. In golf, your gaze matters. In surfing, your gaze matters. In baseball, your gaze matters. In soccer your gaze matters. Most of the time you want to look in the direction in which you’re heading or want the ball to go. How much more so for our lives? Here we see the example Jesus set. He never lost sight of where he was going. In the Bible Jesus clearly stated how “He does only what he sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does.” (John5:19 NLT). Jesus was imitating His father, taking his lead in all things. His gaze and focus was on the Heavenly Father. Jesus’ gaze was not just where his eyes were fixed, but the direction and purpose of His life.
…he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever.
The benefits of this focused gaze? A supernatural endurance. I don’t know how many times I realize I can push farther, dig deeper if I just keep not just my gaze up but my focus on the goal ahead. While my gaze may be on this task in front of me that is just a reminder of the deeper purpose. One where I’m advancing toward the ultimate goal I’ve been made for. Sometimes you only have a piece of the goal that you know you’re pressing toward. I believe it is in those seasons that God is developing our trust in him. Will we be faithful with what He’s put in our hands today? We are blessed to be a blessing. In other words the resources we are given access to, are to be passed through our hands not to be held in them. It is like doing the reps of one practice after the other, over time our capacity grows. See this moment even with its limited resources and capacity as the training ground for the BIG opportunities and future God has for you. He is a wise coach and will NOT put us in a place where we can’t handle the blessing. He wants us to have authority over the blessing not to have the blessing be master over us. That takes time and putting up with the uncomfortable now for the BIG blessing later. That means the circumstances of today may not look anything like the future ahead, but hold fast and trust God to bring it to pass. This pain of discipline occurs because God loves us. It is far better than the pain of regret. It sounds strange but lean into it don’t run from it.
And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God
Jesus came and lived a life full of any and all of the things we endure. He isn’t a coach who is only ever sat on the side lines spouting off words, he’s walked the walk. He was the champion in all arenas and he is our personal coach training us individually every step along the way. We must remember to give honor to His teachings and his voice daily. That is how we keep our passion for His church alive, and we keep Him as our first love there at the center of it all. His voice is the one we put above ALL others.
When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through.
Flagging here refers to weakening, failing, or wearying. God knows at times we will find it hard to stay faithful. When that happens we are to go back to remembering who He is and what He has walked through on our behalf. Not only that but why He did that. So that now through the Holy Spirit he is partnering with us to walk through every trial and claim the victory He established for us. We get to play a part in bringing that victory from heaven to earth in our own lives and those around us.
Thatwill shoot adrenaline into your souls!
We are made for this! We have the Holy Spirit himself living in us to guide us, empower us, comfort us, bring us joy and strength, healing, and all the gifts we could ever need to walk out the assignment/race we have been called to. You can and with God you will be successful. You are His righteousness in Christ Jesus. In Him you are victorious. Knowing that what you’re embarking on will be successful should fire you up! It isn’t without a fight and battle, but it is with a certainty of hope. An anchored hope that we get to be on this incredible journey called life.
Now with that what is the Holy Spirit speaking to you specifically to do, pray, and grow in? It is the time to start running for Him. It requires only the very next step. Fix your gaze and go!