I love the Hebrews 11 passage, often called the “Hall of Faith” or the “Heroes of the Faith”
I’ve been reading through all of these wonderful acts of Faith the Patriarchs committed in their lifetime.
Such as Noah building an ark without even knowing what rain was, Abraham leaving his country without knowing his final destination, Sarah waiting for a child, Enoch walking with God and not having to face death, as well as the many many many unnamed Christians who suffered for their Faith.
I finished chapter 11 today and decided to keep reading into chapter 12.
And I am so glad I did.
The writer of Hebrews (PauL?) spends the whole of chapter 11 building up to chapter 12.
12:1 & 2-Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance 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 has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
We have seen all these wonderful examples of a life lead by faith. But Christ is our ultimate example. He is the reason we live by faith, because He died for us.
The writer encourages us by three significant verbs in these verses
- Lay aside: Get rid of the sin and don’t be weighed down by things that don’t matter
- Run: Get out there and do something! After you’ve spent the time preparing, move
- Looking: Keeping your focus always on Christ, do not let your eyes stray to the distractions around you, focus