I’m Staying In My Lane
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1-2 ( NKJV )
Immediately following Hebrews 11 the faith chapter which it has been called we are told to run our own race of faith. In this post I am going to focus on the cloud of witnesses and see how it applies to you and I.
The writer first tells us that we are surrounded by “so great a cloud of witnesses.” When I think about the heroes of faith listed in the 11th chapter I am struck by the diversity. Each one had their own race to run.
For instance Moses after leaving the comforts of Egypt kept the passover and lead the children of Israel through the Red Sea all by faith. By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come. Abraham obeyed and left a land that he was use to and entered a land promised by God.
The point is each one heard God and obeyed. They ran their race Abraham wasn’t called to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt, Moses was. You and I have been called by God to run our race not someone else’s.
Often times people will share what God has specifically told them concerning a thing and tell others to do the same. The problem with this is if God didn’t tell them to do it and they expect the same results then their faith gets damaged. We need to hear from God for ourselves this is after all according to Ephesians why Jesus died so we can be reconciled with God and have fellowship with Him not through a priest or someone else.
God wants each of us to run our own race take time in prayer and ask God what He wants you to do and then do it. Write it down so you can reflect on what He tells you then act on what He tell you. Next week I will be focusing on laying aside the weights.