Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the 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. (Heb 12:1-2)
A hindrance is something that holds us up or slows us down. In this verse, we’re told to lay aside every “weight.” This passage reminds us to put aside every hindrance, weakness or barrier that would attempt to slow us down in our race to eternal salvation.
We must run our race with patience. How do we run with patience? We run resolutely, persistently, and uncomplainingly.
The Lord Jesus gives us stamina, purpose and fortitude as we trust Him to strengthen us, and to pour out His grace upon our lives. Jesus is called the “author and finisher” of our faith. We must cling to Him and to our faith in His finished work.
Jesus is our example, and He didn’t weaken, yield or hesitate in His destined path to the cross on Calvary. Jesus knew Who He placed His trust and hope in; Jesus placed it in His loving, heavenly Father who would never fail. We need the same life mindset that is expressed in the following Bible verse:
For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day. (2 Tim 1:12)
Commit your faith, your life, and your path to the Lord Jesus, the faithful One.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. (Heb 13:8)