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, 2 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.3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
As my kids take turns scaling the rock wall, each navigates with a slightly different approach. They see the nooks for hand and feet placement according to their size and experience.
The very first time, one of my children didn’t fully trust the system in place, nor the person in full control.
The belayer supported them a lot, pretty much hauling the child up the wall. Then as their confidence grew, with more experience in the harness, just the knowledge of their constant support kept them going.
As I watch my cuties dangle in their harness, I can’t help but ponder our Savior.
The Holy Spirit of God holds us securely. With a heavenly perspective we make the most of opportunities every day. He encourages us to reach each placement He provides. Looking back on my experience with the Lord, I see all the times He’s been faithfully belaying me. I learn from the times I haven’t trusted, and lost my footing. He catches us with His strong arm and loving rebuke.
An actual person holds the harness, though they’re hidden from sight. They feel the support and hear the occasional verbal instruction.
Though we can’t physically see our Savior beside us, let us fix our spiritual eyes on Him. Let us see Him and only Him, not the hight to which He’s allowed us to climb.
The instructor has ample training and experience climbing. Jesus walked as human, and His Spirit knows, from the side of truth and perfection, exactly what works. And so He instructs us from His word, all that the Father tells Him. He directs our steps along the path He sets out for us.
The one who’s not fixated on the difficulties, reaches the bell at the top of the climb.
Let’s sit firmly in the harness of todays passage in scripture. We run with perseverance, fixing our eyes on Jesus, devoting our all to Him.
Lord, help us grow confidence in Your Holy Spirit,
learning how to follow Your leading. Give us sure footing,
trusting that You guide our steps.
Grant us eyes to focus on You, Lord,
Our Very Great Reward. ~Amen.
All the goodness of our Lord is already within reach. Why are we striving to attain, when we can ask with confidence, Pass the Fruit, Please.