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 . . . (Heb 12:1)
The witnesses spoken of in the above verse are already in heaven (saints from the Old Testament). We are instructed to lay aside every weight (cares of this life, family concerns, money issues, etc.) and sin, and to resolutely run the “race” that is set before us. The race is the Christian life which is a marathon, not a sprint. This is why we must run it with fortitude, patience and faith.
“If I bear witness of Myself, My witness is not true. 32 There is another who bears witness of Me, and I know that the witness which He witnesses of Me is true. You have sent to John, and he has borne witness to the truth.” (Joh 5:31-33)
In this passage of Scripture, Jesus says that His witness is John, the Baptist. Let us ask ourselves, who will be our witnesses?
Every believer whom we have ever known who is already in the heavenlies, is our witness. Other witnesses will include everyone who has ever known us, as well as our own family and extended family members. What will they be able to say about us? Will they be able to testify that we are Christians and that we lived as Christians? Will our spouse and our own children be able to give a good testimony about us? These are vital points to consider and reflect upon.
Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. (1 Cor 9:24)
Run your race in such a profoundly beautiful way that you will assuredly receive your crown in heaven which is the prize for which we strive.
For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise . . . (Heb 10:36)
We need to endure and persevere in faith and strength, so that we may receive these blessed promises. Hallelujah!