Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. —Hebrews 12:3

            How is it that we can keep from growing “weary or fainthearted?”  It is by looking to Jesus “who endured from sinners such hostility against himself.”  Consider all that He went through from those who hated Him.  If He went through all that for us, don’t be surprised when you experience hostility against you for Him.  “You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary” (Revelation 2:3).  When we keep our eyes “fixed on Jesus” (Hebrews 12:2) we will be less likely to “grow weary or fainthearted.”

            We do not want “become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:9).  “And as for you, brothers and sisters, never tire of doing what is good” (II Thessalonians 3:13).  Our Lord desires to work in and through us to impact many people for His glory.  Jesus gave us such responsibility to be witness and make disciples (Matthew 28:16-20; Acts 1:8).  We are in spiritual warfare (Ephesians 5:10-20) and there will be opposition as we go into the world system headed up by Satan.  Have His armor on!

            But… we were brought into relationship with God through Jesus and “we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do (Ephesians 2:10).  And He “gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good (Titus 2:14).  Now God, who has called us through His Son, will not give us work, will not desire us to zealous in that work and not leave us with the ability to do that work.  His Holy Spirit will empower us, teach us and guide us in the way He desires us to go (Psalm 32:8).  So… consider Jesus… persevere in the “race marked out for us” and never forget we are in spiritual warfare.  Have the armor on! Do so today and for the rest of your life!

Dear Father please help me to keep focused on what You desire to do in and through my life.  Oh, that I would not grow weary in well doing as I consider what my Lord Jesus went through.  My I run with perseverance the race You have marked out for me by the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Your Son— keeping my eyes fixed on Jesus.  So be it!

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