Looking to Jesus

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1–2

The temptation is so real (for me, at least) in busy or hard seasons of life to put down my head and plow through the practical work that has to be done without any kind of intentionality. Plowing through usually also involves forgetting to find joy in life or to cling to Jesus when things are hard.

More often, instead of drawing near to the Father and looking to Christ for encouragement on how to live in hard times, I turn to everything but Christ. I flock to the people I love and trust for advice, rarely praying earnestly that the Lord would show me how to walk in Christ-likeness. I seek comfort from distractions instead of seeking comfort in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the father.

Let us look to Jesus today, as we grow weary of grinding to get fall weekend forms in, labor to love those who are hard to love, and fight for time in the word. Jesus willingly sacrificed his life to save us and atone for our sins because he loved us, and for the joy of eternal union with the Father. We are called to remember that sacrifice as we walk with him daily — there is no greater gift.

“Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word.” 2 Thessalonians 2:16–17

~ Western Reserve Staff