“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience 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 is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.”
Hebrews 12:1-3 is my favorite verse. I’d say it’s what Christians call my “life’s verse.”
These three verses pack a mighty punch and secures my deep belief and has gotten me through tough times.
The first verse talks about “so great cloud of witnesses,” such as the preceding chapter Hebrews 11:1-40 recites. Such witnesses as Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Rahab, Gedeon, Barak, Samson, David, and Samuel.
These people were utilized to accomplish amazing things for God. They lived by faith, yet they were not perfect by no means. They were human, with human emotions, and human flaws.
Let’s remember Noah. A man of great faith and determination. He and his family built an ark to save mankind and the animals of the planet, even when greatly ridiculed. Noah’s determination, patience, and dedication was powerful. Yet Noah, being human, shortly after they found ground, became very drunk with wine. An embarrassment to his family, and ridiculing his own son for discovering him in his drunken stupor.
Let’s remember Sarah. She doubted God’s promise of the birth of a son in her old age. Yet God delivered in His time, not Sarah’s time. Im her doubt she presented her own maid servant to provide Abraham a male child. She was a woman of great faith, yet doubted God and His promise. Her emotions and doubt over took her. Yet, I say again, God delivered on his promise and she bore Issac in her old age.
Let’s remember Joseph. He was betrayed by his own brothers and thrown into a deep well to die. He was then sold into slavery, later black mailed and betrayed, yet later in God’s time as Joseph visioned, Joseph became a great leader and helper of his people. Joseph had doubts and anguish, but God saved him and made him great through his valleys.
Let’s remember David. The young boy who slayed the giant with three rocks. The boy who became one of the most well known Kings in the bible. The man after God’s own heart. The majority writer of the Psalms. Yet while he was a King he sinned greatly with adultery and had his mistresses husband killed in the front lines. David was a man and a leader of great passion. Some Christian psychologists believe that David also suffered from what is now called BiPolar disorder. Yet he became one of the greatest leaders known, and a man that was told to be after God’s own heart. He was not perfect, he fell into sin. He was human.
Let’s remember Samson. A man of great strength. A Godly warrior. Yet he fell into sin with the trickery of Delilah. Delilah tricked Samson three times. Samson’s source of strength was associated to his long hair. He was tricked by Delilah and his hair was cut. So by his hair being cut, his strength was drained. Yet God granted him one last act of great strength in Samson’s end. Samson still honored God even though his strength was taken. His strength came from God.
There are many more examples of broken, imperfect men and women who had great faith, times of great valleys, disasters, and great loss who did great things for God and the cause for Christ. Look at the Disciples, and Paul. All imperfect men. Paul used to be Saul of Tarsus before he was knocked off his “high horse”. Saul killed and tortured Christians. Yet when Paul “saw the light:, Paul did absolutely amazing and eternal things for God and the cause for Christ.
Let’s look at our Savior; God manifested in human form, born of a virgin. He who took on our sins, sitting at the right hand of God interceding for us. A man who did not sin, yet wept for us, and died a very painful, harsh, humiliating death. All for us, yet while we were sinners, Jesus Christ died for you and me.
Let’s look at the second part of the first verse; “…,let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth easily beset us…” To me and my understanding this is the weight of worry, anxiety, stress, depression, regret, bitterness, hate, and sin. We are told to lay it aside. Take it off our shoulders and put it behind us.
The third and last part of the first verse, “…, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.” To me and my understanding this is to launch life with purpose, and perseverance and gain endurance knowing our race is our life. It is the daily destination we make and that we are to finish it, and finish it well.
The second verse to me provides a picture of Jesus Christ in what he did for us and that we should look to Him for strength and as an example of the sacrificial lamb that was slain for our sins, and transgressions. He endured the cross and suffering dieing for you and me, rose from the dead and sits on the right hand of God making intercession for us.
The third verse expounds more for us to consider what our Savior went through, and for us not be “wearied and faint in your minds.”
These examples are some of the reasons these verses in Hebrews are my favorite. I have seen and experienced many troubles, loss, anguish, shame, and much guilt. I lost hope, even questioned my faith. Yet God delivered me, he never left me, and he healed me. I am looking forward to my future and the life and future of my children.
Let go of the weights of this world, and give them to Jesus and be free. Live with abundance in your faith in Jesus and our Lord. Be free, bee happy, be passionate every day.
What is your favorite verse(s). Share them with me on this blog. I would love very much to hear them and your testimonies.