Summary: Much has been said about the Purpose Driven Life, but Hebrews 12 seems to focus on the person driven life, a life that is lived in devotion to Jesus Christ.
The Person Driven Life
When Lloyd Douglas, author of “The Robe”, attended college, he lived in a boardinghouse. A retired, wheelchair-bound music professor resided on the first floor.
Each morning Douglas would stick his head in the door of the teacher’s apartment and ask the same question, “Well, what’s the good news?”
The old man would pick up his tuning fork, tap it on the side of his wheelchair and say, “That’s middle C! It was middle C yesterday; it will be middle C tomorrow; and it will be middle C a thousand years from now. The lady upstairs sings flat. The piano across the hall is out of tune, but, this will always be middle C.”
Brothers and sisters, hurricanes come and go. Gas prices will continue to rise. Our bodies will get worn out and eventually we will die. But Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. He never changes! HE IS OUR MIDDLE C! He is the stable rock upon which we can build our lives, and the finish line upon which we should focus this race called life.
Several years ago Rick Warren, Pastor of Saddleback Community Church in California, wrote one of the most popular books of our time called “The Purpose Driven Life”. It is an excellent book. It addresses the fact that we all are created for a purpose and that our lives have meaning when we live out that purpose.
But my friends I believe a book needs to be written on the real purpose of life. I believe the book should be called: “The Person Driven Life.” Because our real purpose in life is to know, love, serve, and glorify the Lord Jesus Christ.
My theme this morning is this: Develop a person driven life: a life lived in pursuit of knowing, loving, serving, and glorifying the Lord Jesus Christ.
1. A person driven life is a life that is unencumbered.
Look again at verse 1
“Therefore” The writer has been talking to us about Jesus. His readers where in danger of quitting the Christian race. They started to follow Jesus, but when persecution began to affect them personally, they began to think about going back to Judaism. He has convinced them that Jesus is greater than the Angels, greater than the law, and greater than Moses and the prophets. He has challenged them to realize what a great High Priest we have who has made a way for us through His own blood. And He has put before them the challenge to live by faith. He has described the men and women of old who walked by faith and not be sight: Noah, Abraham, Rahab, and Sarah to name just a few.
“Witness” These witnesses of truth who have now entered into heaven and have seen the King of Glory for themselves are like a cloud surrounding us. The writer pictures them as in an Arena where the marathon race is being completed. They stand for the runners, cheering them on, encouraging them with their applause and their shouts of approval. “You can make it. The finish line is in sight. The victory is yours!”
They understand that the race is hard. The Greek word for race is the word “Agon” from which we get our English word “agony”. It is hard work. It is difficult and strenuous, and requires every bit of strength we have to finish.