Good Tuesday Morning and greetings from Cleveland! Hebrews 12:1-3 MSG, “Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. 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. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!”
I know we’ve read this one before, but I love it and this translation of it! I like the ‘no extra spiritual fat,’ concept. I was at the hotel gym this morning wonderin what posessed me to even be up at that hour let alone to work out. Why care that there’s a little extra here and there? Reading this helps grasp that the ‘extra’ slows us down- energy from our heart is spent taking care the extra and not on our core operating the most efficiently. This is the same with spiritual fat; the ‘extras’ in our life that distract spiritual energy and efficiency because we’ve allowed it to build up. I think this can be insecurities, regret, self judgement, guilt, fear,pride, pain, (enter your stuggle here).
Much like the Psalmist in yesterday’s scripture acknowledged his desperation and developed an action plan of refocusing himself, Hebrews is calling us to do the same. Christ kept His life simple and focused on loving His Father and loving people.
Translated for me today: I’m called to run only with what I absolutely need and drop the rest.
It’s important to note that it’s OK to have extra- no one starts off at 100% physical peak and it is illogical to expect the same spiritually. We just can’t let it get comfortable or become a permanent fixture on our spiritual selves. Fortunately, just the process of moving, seeking Christ and not giving up takes off the extra that is slowing us down.
Hi, Jesus! Thank You for this morning! Thank You for being our Source of strength to get moving in our life! Lord, yesterday is gone forever, help us view our mistakes of yesterday the same way so we can focus on Your Grace for today. We confess to all the extra that slows our walk with You down. We confess it gets distracting and used as an excuse to not step out in faith sometimes. Lord, be the consistent boost in our Grace metabolism, creating a constant hunger and thirst for You, rejecting what isn’t. Thank You for the cloud of witnesses that surrounds us that makes that possible and thank You for doing it first. Thank You for being the Author and PERFECTOR of our faith, making us worthy in Your eyes. Adjust our sight to see how You do. In Your Awesome and Stop Worthy Name Jesus, Amen!
Have a great day!