Bible Reading: Heb. 12: 1 - 17
Topic: Looking Unto Jesus
Today's passage opens with a great incentive for us to persevere in the Christian Race -- those who have successfully run their own race and are now spectators cheering us onto the finish line.
We like them can only run this race successfully by looking onto Jesus Who is both the Author and Finisher of our faith. He too set us an example of perseverance through great suffering to glory.
The writer goes on to warn us about sin which if we persist in it will result in chastening from the Father.
It is comforting to know that God will not allow His Children to live carelessly. If we are really and truly born again, He will discipline us in order to restore us to faith.
Our responsibility therefore is to accept His discipline with gratitude because though "no chastening seems to be joyful for the present but painful, nevertheless afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it." (Heb. 12: 11)
God's intention is to work in us through the Spirit in order to conform us to the Image of Christ (Rom. 8: 29) and if chastening is what He needs to achieve it, He will administer it in love.
We must therefore strive to lay aside very weight of sin that so easily besets us and run our Christian race with diligence looking to Jesus for help.
"Moreover, we also owe it to other fellow travelers to support them in their own spiritual race and as the writer admonishes, .. "strengthen the hands which hang down and the feeble knees and make straight paths for your feet so that what is lame may not be dislocated but rather be healed" (Heb. 12: 12 - 13)
Father help me to gladly accept Your discipline and use that experience to help others who may be struggling in their own spiritual journey in Jesus' Name, Amen
Memory verse: Heb. 12: 14
"Follow peace with all men and holiness without which no man can see the Lord."
(The Daily Devotional Guide of the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion)