Run with Passion, Purpose, and Perspective


“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.”
—Hebrews 12: 1–3

Run with Passion, Purpose, and Perspective

Hebrews 12 develops the theme of endurance. The first three verses teach us that the key to persistence is passion.

All the men and women of faith in Hebrews 11 “made it” because they felt passionate about their cause. The writer compares our lives to a race and tries to convince us that we must run with endurance if we plan to finish well.

The text also suggests that if the key to persistence is passion, then the key to passion is purpose. We must run with purpose, not aimlessly.

And the key to purpose? Perspective. The writer of Hebrews admonishes us to consider three things that will help us to finish well:

1. Consider them (12:1)
Since a great cloud of witnesses has gone before us, we must get serious about finishing well.

2. Consider ourselves (12:1)
It is now our turn to run the race and watch for pitfalls. We must lay aside every encumbrance that would prevent us from finishing well.

3. Consider Jesus (12:2–3)
Jesus ran His own race and endured hardship by fixing his eyes on the rewards; we must follow His example.

Drawn from an article in The Maxwell Leadership Bible.

Summer Camp Series: Priority of the Word

Just yesterday I was sitting with my students at our camp worship rally listening to Bobby McGraw preaching From Hebrews. He was laying a solid foundation for all the teenagers to understand the necessity of the Bible to real life.

The antidote to spiritual drift = NOT trying  harder BUT submission to the Word.

1)   The Word of God pierces our hearts. (Heb. 4:12)

…..a)    When you read this book, it reads you.
…..b)   It exposes the sin in your life.
…..c)    It discerns your motives.
…..d)   Through it God changes our outlook.
2)   The Word of God propels us.
…..a)    When you still need milk, you have become dull. (Heb. 5:11)
…..b)   It is written for every stage of life (1 john 2 is written to little children, men, and Fathers.)
3)   The Word of God produces maturity in us.
…..a)    One of the strongest warnings in the bible.
………..i)     Called to keep pressing on
………..ii)    Press on in what? The Word.
……b)   Get practical (Heb. 6:1)
…………i)     Read it! – this is not profound…but profoundly missing in many lives.
…………ii)    Receive it! –  Do you put yourself in positions to be exposed to the Word? Or do other priorities take precedence over preaching of the Word?
…………iii)  Respond to it! – You always will make a response, either negative or positive, there is no neutrality.