Look to Jesus

We are not likely to memorize the entire Bible.  One portion of scripture that I would recommend memorizing is Hebrews 12:1-2.

 Therefore we also, 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.

I. Witnesses

In chapter 11 the author of Hebrews listed many people of faith who had gone before us.  These people are witnesses of the faithfulness of God and the power that faith in God brings to our lives.

We are also called to account for our own lives.  We are now called to demonstrate the power of God in our own lives.  People are watching.  What do they see?  Do they see the difference that Christ makes in our lives?

II.  Lay Aside

God has a plan for each one of us, a purpose that we are to fulfill.  Are we doing the work of the kingdom?  Or have we allowed the things of the world to crowd out the call of God on our lives?  May God grant us wisdom to find the balance in our lives.   We are not meant to work ourselves to death, nor are we to sit idly by while others do the work.

We are called to be holy, to recognize sin in our lives and to turn away from it.  To “cease to do evil, and learn to do good’.  (Isaiah 1:16-17)  Sin slows us down and can keep us from fulfilling God’s plan for our lives.

III..  Run With Endurance

Our service to God is not simply a moment.  It is a lifetime of commitment to Christ.  Our service to God will look different as we go through different stages in our life, but there is always something for us to do for the kingdom of God.  It is not a fifty yard dash, but rather an ultra-distance event.

IV.  Look to Jesus

Jesus did what God sent Him to earth to do.  Jesus knew what the cross meant.  He asked God to “let this cup pass from me” (Matthew 26:39). He also prayed “not my will but thine be done” (Luke 22:42).  Jesus is an example to us.  We too, should not shirk whatever duty God has called us to perform. We too, should do the will of God for our lives.

Jesus is our source of strength.  We look to Him for an example and also for strength to fulfill the call of God on our lives.

V.  Our Reward

God has promised to reward those who have trusted in Jesus and served Him faithfully.  At times our life here on earth may be difficult, but the reward of God will be eternal.

Hebrews 12:1-2

Therefore we also, 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.

These are the sermon notes from April 19.  Any advertisements that might appear are placed by WordPress.  I have no control over them, nor do I receive any money from them. 

 

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