Summary: Some encouragement to run the race.
Hebrews 12:1-3-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,
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. (KJV)
Hebrews 12:1-3-Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls. (NKJV)
Hebrews 12:1-3-Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily hinders our progress. And let us run with endurance the race that God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from start to finish. He was willing to die a shameful death on the cross because of the joy he knew would be his afterward. Now he is seated in the place of highest honor beside God's throne in heaven. Think about all he endured when sinful people did such terrible things to him, so that you don't become weary and give up. (NLT)
Mike Kollin, a former linebacker for the Miami Dolphins, was asked to do some recruiting for his old team. The linebacker said, "Sure, coach, what kind of player are you looking for?"
The coach said, "Well, Mike, you know there's that fellow, you knock him down, he just stays down?" Mike said, "We don't want him, do we, coach?"
"No, that's right. Then there's that fellow, you knock him down and he gets up, but you knock him down again and he stays down."
Mike answered, "We don't want him either, do we, coach?"
Coach said, "No, but Mike, there's a fellow, you knock him down, he gets up. Knock him down, he gets up. Knock him down, he gets up. Knock him down, he gets up."
Mike said, "That's the guy we want, isn't it, coach?"
"No, we don't want him either. I want you to find that guy who's knocking everybody down. That's the guy we want!"
You want some encouragement about the race that God has set before us, then look at the contestants in Hebrews 11, look at those men and women who have run the race before we had entered the race.
God used Abraham a liar, to be the father of nation, a nation that God would use to bless the whole world!!
He used Sarah, a woman who laughed in disbelief when God promised to bless Abraham and Sarah’s union with a son, and she became the mother of a nation.