Lenten Devotional: The Summary of Our Call

Heb. 12.1   Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God. (Heb. 12:1-2)

This passage is, to me, an outstanding summary of our call as Christians. It requires little comment, but much reflection. We are to set aside the sin for which we are now cleansed, not letting the memory of it burden us and distract us from following that path ahead. It is a journey and a race, not to say that we must rush or hurry, rather that it is a competition with the world and so will be gruelling. But we are to look to Jesus as our guide and redeemer to receive our strength and encouragement. He has gone ahead and prepared the way so that we might enter into the very throne room of God where we will be received and welcomed as brothers and sisters of Christ, heirs of his eternal kingdom.

That is it. Be forgiven, press on following Christ, in the knowledge that the prize is certain.

Tomorrow: “Endure trials for the sake of discipline.”

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