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Considering our Captain

Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.

~ Hebrews 12:3

Running a race is hard.  And the race of the faith is a marathon.  Even if you’ve never run a marathon, you can still understand that it is grueling.  If you sprint, then you are likely to not make it the whole way.  And if you stop, then you will certainly not make it to the finish line.  To finish the race you need a slow and steady pace.  Plodding along in the same direction is the way to run the race of faith.  Following Christ is slow and steady.  We must learn to run the race with “faith and patience” to “inherit the promises” as those who have gone before us (Heb. 6:12).  But it is nonetheless hard to run and keep on running so as to finish the race.  To run such a race – a marathon – the runners must keep the goal in mind as well as have their motivation stirred up again and again.  They need encouragement to press on and run with endurance.  The runners certainly need to be warned and rebuked about stopping or deviating.  But they also need encouragement.  This is certainly true for followers of the Lord Jesus.  The “narrow way” is difficult and is full of dangers, toils, and snares.  Running in the race of faith involves sweat and pain and discouragement and doubt (i.e. “I don’t think I can go any farther!”).  We need rebuke and warning, but surely we need encouragement to keep going.  Keeping Christ in our sights is what will keep us going.  The Bible is constantly keeping Christ in view for us.  He is the prize and the motivation to run with endurance.  Why else are we Christians if Christ is not our life (Phil. 1:21).  Sometimes we can forget who we are – that we are not our own but have been bought with the precious blood of Christ Jesus.  God’s amazing grace to us in Christ is not only for when we started the race but is meant to lead us all the way home.  There is no greater prize than the crown of life – life with our God free from sin in eternal and blissful fellowship.  Perhaps these words will help you keep your eyes on the prize:

 

“O how the grace of God

Amazes me!

It loosed me from my bonds

And set me free!

What made it happen so?

His own will, this much I know,

Set me, as now I show,

At liberty.

 

My God has chosen me,

Though one of nought,

To sit beside my King

In heaven’s court.

Hear what my Lord has done

O, the love that made him run

To meet his erring son!

This has God wrought.

 

Not for my righteousness,

For I have none,

But for his mercy’s sake,

Jesus, God’s Son,

Suffered on Calvary’s tree —

Crucified with thieves was he —

Great was his grace to me,

His wayward one.

 

And when I think of how,

At Calvary,

He bore sin’s penalty

Instead of me,

Amazed, I wonder why

He, the sinless One, should die

For one so vile as I;

May Saviour he!

 

Now all my heart’s desire

Is to abide

In him, my Saviour dear,

In him to hide.

My shield and buckler he,

Covering and protecting me;

From Satan’s darts I’ll be

Safe at his side.

 

Lord Jesus, hear my prayer,

Your grace impart;

When evil thoughts arise

Through Satan’s art,

O, drive them all away

And do you, from day to day,

Keep me beneath your sway,

King of my heart.

 

Come now, the whole of me,

Eyes, ears, and voice.

Join me, creation all,

With joyful noise:

Praise him who broke the chain

Holding me in sin’s dominion

And set me free again!

Sing and rejoice!

 

— Emmanuel T. Sibomana, 1946

 

Soli Deo Gloria!

 

Affectionately,

 

Chad

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