Hang on to Hope
This devotional was written by Jim Burns
Since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.— Hebrews 12:1,2
Do you ever feel like a failure? Some people look at the life of Jesus and say that He failed. He was born in obscurity. For most of His life He was a lonely carpenter. For three years He traveled as an itinerant preacher, and for those three years of effort He really didn't have many disciples and no substantial following to speak of. He died in shame with two common prisoners alongside Him. If the story stopped here, all would consider Him a failure. But the story continues, because three days later He rose from the dead, ascending into heaven and now sitting at the right hand of our Father!
If you feel like a failure, you're in good company. Abraham Lincoln had more failures than victories, yet some would call him the greatest president the
There is one word that comes to mind when I think of failure: perseverance. To persevere means to hang on, to stick with it, to press forward! The call of the Christian is to keep on looking to Jesus and moving in His direction. You can rest assured that the Bible is right when it says, "He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus" (Philippians 1:6). So hang on - there is light at the end of the tunnel, and the light is the love of Christ .
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1. Take a deeper look at Hebrews 12:1,2. The verse tells us to throw off everything that hinders and to run with perseverance. According to this verse what or who are we to set our eyes on?
2. How does setting our eyes on Jesus help us avoid mistakes and persevere through failures?
1 Corinthians 9:24, Hebrews 10:36, Philippians 2:8,9
* Ted W. Engstrom, The Pursuit of Excellence (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1982), p. 57.
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