What’s your struggle today in following Jesus?
In a moment of weakness, did you fudge the truth to a traffic officer?
Or did you say a harsh word to your spouse before leaving for work?
Maybe it’s something simpler. Your coworker irritated you, so you revealed a secret they told you in confidence.
Or, and this is an easy trap to fall into, you chanced on an old friend and stumbled into your old patterns of poor behaviors.
Later, when remorse hits us, we bleed tears and wonder why we struggle with our Christian walk. How is this so difficult when we want to do the right thing?
Jesus is our guide that points us along the correct path. In Hebrews 12:1-3, we find 3 Examples Jesus Sets for Us to Follow.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Example No. 1:
Jesus endured the cross.
What does this mean for us? We will reach moments of decision where we must choose between right and wrong. The best choice isn’t always the easy one.
Example No. 2:
Jesus despised the shame.
To despise means to consider unimportant. The people around us won’t always understand our choice for Christ. We must make the right choice anyway.
Example No. 3:
Jesus is seated at the right hand of God.
Here’s our motivation. We will one day be gifted with the supreme prize, to join Jesus in his reunion with the Father. We will get what we deserve.
While on earth we will struggle. We will continue to face difficult choices. We must always choose Jesus. His example is a guiding light to help us find the way.
Jesus is the founder and perfecter of our faith, and we find our security in him.
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