“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:1, 2 ESV)
To me, these two verses lay out our greatest and most important challenge as Christians. The “great cloud of witnesses” refers to all the faithful men and women listed in chapter 11 which has come to be known as “the hall of faith”. These faithful people served God and endured to the end. That’s what we are challenged to do.
I have so many things I want to accomplish in this life. Goals are great to have, but if I don’t have this as my main goal, I am missing the point. These verses make me want to get to work and run with endurance!