Summary: The Writer of Hebrews tells us to get a new grip on our faith by re-committing ourselves, recognizing the goal, re-energizing our faith, and renewing our relationships.
Get A Grip
Hebrews 12: 12-15
Intro: I have been watching a TV show with my sons here lately. It’s called American Ninja Warrior. Has anybody else watched this? Basically it’s an extremely difficult obstacle course. No American has ever successfully completed the final course. That’s how difficult it is. Men and women compete. As you can guess though, the majority of the competitors are male. Many of them train in what they call parkour or free running. This is an athletic prowess where you jump and flip and tumble all with perfect balance. It’s really quite remarkable to watch these people in action. What I have noticed while watching the show is that the atheletes that seem to be the most successful are not the practitioners of parkour but the rock climbers. Have you ever watched these people who seem to be able to grasp a ledge or crack on the side of a mountain that maybe a ¼ inch. It’s amazing. The reason these people are so successful in the American Ninja Warrior is because of the grip and strength that they develop as they climb these rocks and mountains. They develop a grip in their hands and other extremities that are second to no one in the competition. As they push through many hardships while climbing, they strengthen themselves. As I read our scripture this morning I thought about these people with the strong grip and physical prowess.
. Our scripture this morning starts out telling us to get a new grip on our lives with strong hands.
. The writer of Hebrews has just finished telling them about how God uses discipline in people’s lives to shape them and make them stronger.
. God will let calamities and circumstances in our lives occur in order to bring us back to him or to bring us closer to him .
. He uses these things in our lives to shape our character.
. He uses this disciple to teach us.
. After the writer speaks of this spiritual discipline and explains its purpose, we get to our scripture this morning.
. Hebrews 12: 12-15:
12So take a new grip with your tired hands and strengthen your weak knees
13Mark out a straight path for your feet so that those who are weak and lame will not fall but become strong.
14Work at living in peace with everyone, and work at living a holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord.
15Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many.
. The writer is telling his readers that the trials in life, the things that God uses to teach you should make you strong, not weaken you.
. He is telling them to get a grip and be the person that God has intended you to be.
. He says take a new grip with your tired hands and strengthen yourselves.
. We all get tired sometimes don’t we? We get tired and discouraged. Things don’t go exactly like we want them and maybe we have a little pity party and start whining a little bit.
. Maybe we long for the good old days because we forget that the good old days had their unique set of problems also.