Disciplined Perseverance

Read: Hebrews 12:1-13
The biggest game on the planet is the Super Bowl.  Some soccer fans around the world would probably dispute that, but the Super Bowl is one of the most watched sporting events around the world.  It’s hard to imagine what it would be like to play on a stage like that with millions of people watching your performance.  
The players and coaches who are participating in the Super Bowl have devoted many hours, days, and years to being the best they can be at their particular sport.  They have most likely overcome obstacles, opposition, difficulties, and challenges to arrive at the pinnacle of their sport. They have been disciplined and they have persevered.  
The writer of the book of Hebrews is encouraging these attributes as it pertains to our faith.  He tells us to be disciplined, to run the race with perseverance, and to be encouraged by the great cloud of witnesses we have to inspire us along the way.  First and foremost he says that we must fix our eyes on Jesus so that we will not grow weary or lose heart. Keeping our eyes on Christ helps us to put everything in perspective.    
If you are a follower of Jesus you might have to overcome times of opposition, criticism, or struggle.  But as we go though those experiences we must remember what Jesus endured for us on the cross of Calvary.  Jesus knows, Jesus understands, and Jesus can help you through it. Pray that Christ will help you to persevere, overcome, and produce the harvest of righteousness and peace that Hebrews 12 speaks of.  Then you will win at the biggest game of all, the game of life.
Make it Personal:  Athletes train in ways that help them to reach their highest potential.  Ask Jesus to help you develop a faith that will sustain you and increase your trust in him.  Remember the key, “Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.” (Hebrews 12:1-2)
Have a blessed week Everyone,Pastor Glen Rhodes