posted on August 03, 2014 23:51
Hebrews 12:1-2a — Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 2a Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith ..
Last week, I said, “Christianity is so simple”, but that it isn’t always easy. So often, it’s the trivial things that get us off track – things that shouldn’t be a big deal, but end up being just that. Maybe we get busy and cut a few minutes off our prayer time or the time we dedicate to reading the Bible. Before long, we’re not doing one or both of them anymore. Maybe we decide we can miss church just this one time. Then it happens again and before long, we stop coming to church altogether. Maybe it’s the time with the television, or the particular show that we always have to watch, or the pet that we love and must take care of, or, … Well, you get the idea. Life gets busy and things just happen. We go off course without much effort at all.
The truth is that we do these things to ourselves. But when we’re really His, we have an advocate on the inside who won’t let us get too far off track. God is patient but persistent. He will come after us and remind us. When He does, don’t ignore Him. Turn around. Make the necessary course corrections as soon as He identifies them.
Have you ever seen a child who has done something that he knows that he shouldn’t have done and won’t even look you in the eye? We get like that with God. It is we who feel guilty when we stray and we stay away, which makes matters worse. The really wonderful part is that God welcomes us back. Just turn, ask Him for forgiveness and ask that He change you and change your priorities. He will. God is faithful.
Again, Christianity is so simple. When we are actively talking with and listening to God, he won’t let us get very far from Him. When we’re not, He becomes more persistent and often uses more severe ways to get our attention. By all means, respond to Him quickly!
“Run with patience” … “looking unto Jesus.” It is just that simple. Please read the rest of Hebrews 12. God means to perfect us so that we receive and retain His kingdom within ourselves, have it available to give to others and have a desire and yearning to give Him away!