I am wondering something....Does true faith begin when we have nothing left to offer but that next step? When our prayers are “God make me willing to be willing”. When all we want to do is wait out the world on a tree stump because we are just to dang tired to go on?
I believe that God is saying to us “My child all I am asking for is that you put the right foot out. Give me that one step and trust me for the strength to lift the left foot.”
“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.
Let us fix our eyes of Jesus, the author and perfector or our faith!
Who for the JOY SET BEFORE HIM,
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 sinful men,
so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”
What is hindering you today? Is it your fear? Is it your doubt? Is it your frustration and your weariness?
There is an entire cloud of witnesses cheering us on today! People who know exactly what we are going through! Who probably remember well the weariness, the fear and the exhaustion of life. But, they made it, and so can we!!
Jesus is the mark folks!! He is standing at the finish line cheering louder that the rest! We have all of heaven on our side.
It is painful and hard now! The cross was heavy and burdensome. But there is joy waiting at the end! ENDURE!
I also liked the Message version...
The Message (MSG)
12 1-3 Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!