Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. (Hebrews 12:2-3, The Message)
So here we are, about to enter the final week of Lent. Now more than ever we need to see Jesus. We need to watch how he handles the hurdles and the hill.
Why? Because we are in the race of our lives and we have the best coach possible. He’s run this race. He’s faced unbelievable opposition and odds–and he received the greatest prize in the end.
Yesterday we considered what it meant to follow him, the surrender. So often we think of surrender as quitting. Not so. There’s no quit in this journey, this race. When we feel the weariest, we need to look to the author and perfecter, the initiator and finisher, the one who called us and goes with us, cheers all the way along, and will be waiting as we cross the finish line.
It’s going to get tougher. But don’t quit. Surrender to his coaching, cheering, and ability to get you all the through.
PRAYER: Whatever it takes, Lord Jesus, I want to finish this race. Strengthen me when I’m weary. Coach me when I falter. Help me hear your cheers and instructions above the noise of the world. I reaching for the prize and keeping my eyes on you. Amen.