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Day 5 - “For the joy set before Him…”

Friday, September 13th, 2013

Hebrews 12:1-4 (NIV)

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.

Reflection:

Have you ever suffered through something knowing that in the end it would be worth it? Pulling an all-nighter to study for an exam? Training for a race or practicing for long hours to improve your game? Working extra hours and putting in extra effort to get a promotion? Pregnancy and childbirth?

Even more than any of these things, Jesus had such passion for us that He suffered the cross. He knew that His suffering would yield to joy and that deeper than the pain was the unrelenting work of God. He endured this so that we would not grow weary and lose heart. How can we? Jesus went before us, He suffered for us, and He encourages us still.

Responding to the Word:

Let’s pray that we would understand, to the extent that we are able, what Jesus has done for us. In light of this, let’s ask God to help us to persevere in this life that He has given to us. Pray this also for your brothers and sisters who may be in need of encouragement or strength at this time in their lives. What Jesus has done for us is truly amazing! Let’s remember this as we go through our days depending on Him.

Day 4 - “For the love of it…”

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Day 3 - “For the house of the Lord…”

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Day 2 - “For the two lost sons…”

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

Day 1 - “For the people of the Lord…”

Monday, September 9th, 2013