Don’t Grow Weary

Gordon introduced the sermon with reference to the Revelation series. We have had a view of the ‘finish line’ as David preached through Revelation so that we might ‘know Christ better and follow him better’. Jesus should be our starting, ongoing and end point.


Gordon also included references to a marathon race and gave a couple of reasons for jumping into Hebrews 12:1-11:

  1. Hebrews 12 speaks to us saying, “Run the Christian life like a marathon”. Life is a race!
  2. ‘Wandering’ is a present reality, as sometimes the brutal realities of life take us off the course marked out for us.

Therefore we ask:

  • How do we guard against losing heart?
  • How do we keep Jesus as our starting, ongoing and end point?
  • How can we resist wandering and fix our eyes on Jesus?

“THEREFORE, 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, FIXING OUR EYES ON JESUS, THE PIONEER AND PERFECTER OF FAITH.”

Don’t grow weary, because life is an agonising struggle.

“CONSIDER HIM WHO ENDURED SUCH OPPOSITION FROM SINFUL MEN, SO THAT YOU WILL NOT GROW WEARY AND LOSE HEART.”

The word ‘race’ in Greek is AGON which means a contest or struggle:

“IN YOUR STRUGGLE AGAINST SIN…”

Discipline is a necessary hardship, but it is for our good:

“GOD DISCIPLINES US FOR OUR GOOD... IT PRODUCES A HARVEST OF RIGHTEOUSNESS AND PEACE FOR THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN TRAINED BY IT.”

How does this relate to the race marked out for you?

  • Your faith will never grow unless it’s tested;
  • Your commitment will never grow unless it’s threatened;
  • Your patience will never grow unless it’s taxed;
  • Your compassion will never grow unless it’s tapped;
  • Your courage will never grow unless it’s challenged;
  • Your generosity will never grow unless it’s depleted.

Two questions remain:

  1. Are you in the Race?
  2. Are you wondering why life (the Race) is so hard?

John Newton claims: “Everything is necessary that he sends; nothing can be necessary that he withholds.”
There are three motivations in this passage:

1.  WITNESSES

“SINCE WE ARE SURROUNDED BY SUCH A CROWD OF WITNESSES...”

These are the people listed in chapter 11. ‘Witness’ is used in the sense of telling, not just watching; they are saying, “By faith we can do it.”

2.  WEIGHTS

“LET US THROW OFF EVERYTHING THAT HINDERS...”

This is a command to look at all aspects of our lives and ask: Does a particular aspect of our lives help us to run the Race or is this a hindrance?

3.  WINNER

“LET US FIX OUR EYES ON JESUS...”

He is at the finish line but is helping us along the way because he was tested – see verses 3 & 4.


How do we respond? Gordon gave two suggestions:

  1. He recommended the Prayer Space and the Prayer Team willing to pray with anyone.
  2. He introduced the Pastoral Care Team as people who know some of the same struggles we have and so it is a side-by-side ministry together.

Reflection:
My ‘Take Away Thought’ is a motto taken from Hebrews 12v2:
LET US FIX OUR EYES ON JESUS!

Trevor Taylor

Trevor Taylor

I have been attending Windsor since 1986 and have been involved in many different roles, including eldership. I am a retired orthopaedic surgeon, but my hobby is anything about trains, either model or full size.
Trevor Taylor
I have been attending Windsor since 1986 and have been involved in many different roles, including eldership. I am a retired orthopaedic surgeon, but my hobby is anything about trains, either model or full size.