Summary: JESUS, the Author and Finisher of our faith
All have sinned and fall short of the glory of GOD. Me included. You too!
I am not going to go catholic and open a confession box neither am I going to tell you my sin that easily besets me and neither do I want you to tell me yours, juicy as it may be. Beloved, we are on earth, we know some of our sins. Others are not so clear. Others are disguised as day to day activities for example phone worship.
It is common at funerals for people to say so and so has run the race and fought the good fight now may they rest in eternal peace. We hope and sincerely pray so.
A closer look at Hebrews 12:1 tells us that before we run our respective races with endurance, we are to lay aside every weight and the sins that easily ensnare us. We are also to remember that there is an audience watching us. Ever heard of the instant playback of your life on judgment day, right from the how you were conceived to how you died? Beloved, everything you do is being watched by a cloud of witnesses, to quote exactly “...we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses,...”. Before you get angry and scream peeping Tom, remember it can’t be a peeping Tom issue because you know they are there and you have been told that they are very many and they are witnesses, that means you know they are there and they are watching. Beloved, rethink your sin and action. This cloud of witnesses is an incentive for you to walk properly and not do in private what you cannot do in public. Remember, witnesses see and can recount details as they remember.
From my understanding this is how it is supposed to work:
i. Hebrews 12:2 . JESUS is our goal, look to HIM, HE is the Author and Finisher of our faith. JESUS looked beyond the temptations, trials and the cross in this present world. HE looked to the joy that HE would encounter ahead; HE went through the shame and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of GOD. Not a bad place to be at all.
Beloved, you too can look beyond these present temptations, trials and the cross. Look at the goal in future. Look at the joy set before you if you overcome. Think about seeing The MOST HIGH. Think about being with JESUS forever and ever. Think about the house HE has built for you and all other good things The MOST HIGH has for you if you overcome. Set up a spiritual goal and work towards it. This prepares you for number ii.
ii. Remember beloved, you are being watched by many witnesses, always remember this. Everything you do is being watched. The deeds of our forefathers are recorded which means someone was watching, even the dark deeds they did. I don’t think they would have done some of the things they did, if they knew a record was being kept and you and I, their children in faith would be reading about them in detail. So, Beloved, whatever you are doing in secret and you think no one will ever know, we will know. We are informed that whatever is done in darkness, will be brought to light. We know Adam and Eve ate the fruit, we know Cain killed Abel. We even know satan tried a coup and failed. We know about David and Bathsheba and the infamous bath. We even know about our beloved matriarch Rachel and the incident of her father’s idol and her menstrual related reply. We were not there but we know. Whatever you are doing Beloved, shall one day be announced from the rooftops. Think about it there are even teams on earth nowadays that seek to solve unsolved crimes. Beloved, even yours will be known. My advice to you and me, let us be children of the light and not of darkness. One day the spotlight will be on you, it better shine on you for the right reasons.
iii. Next beloved, lay aside every weight. Things that bog you down. Things that bring you down. Let us stop worrying. God will take care of us, our children and our legacy. Let us stop being anxious and going crazy over this life. You are not designed to worry and fret. That is why when the weights of the world are too heavy for some people; the interventions and remedies given by the world turn them into some kind of vegetables. We must break the habit of worry and trust in The LORD who is faithful. Matthew 6: 32-33, “your heavenly FATHER knows that you need all these things ...seek ye first the Kingdom of GOD and all these things will be added unto you...”.