Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Talk about encouragement!

Reading through the Bible, some people might find Hebrews 11 to be a somewhat intimidating chapter.

This is the chapter that presents the "hall of faith," listing many people who lived by faith and highlighting how their faith demonstrated serves as examples for us. There's such great characters as Moses, Abraham, King David, all the prophets, and several others.

And finally, joining these great men and women, is ... you!

That comes in chapter 12, starting with verse 1 ...

"Therefore, since we are surround 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 trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us," Hebrews 12:1.

With this verse, what might seem to be intimidating becomes encouraging. Think of it this way ... there's a big difference between batting practice and playing ball. It is common for pro ball players to describe the overwhelming power of the sound of thousands cheering them on. In a sense, our life is the game and the cloud of witnesses, heroes, our audience cheering us on in a similar fashion.

What an encouraging thought that is!

All of heaven is rooting for you, especially the greatest champion of all, Jesus Christ ...

"We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith ..." Hebrews 12:2a.

So step on up to the plate with confidence, knowing heaven is cheering for you.

Scotty

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