1 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,
2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
The Scripture speaks of Christian life is a race we all have to run.
We think 4 things from the scripture above.
The first verse speaks of WITNESSES, WEIGHTS, WEARINESS, and verses 2 &3 talk about a WINNER
All those WITNESSES mentioned in Chapter 11were people who ran their race and became wonderful examples and role models for our Christian race today.
We are encouraged, comforted and motivated by their stories from the Old Testament.
We see some WEIGHTS we need to lose to run an affective race.
As someone puts it “The problem is not with the weights are but what the weights do”
We Christians do have some unnecessary, unwanted weights that pull us done from running an effective race.
There are some unrighteous things also that become hurdles in our way.
We need to persevere in our Christian race because our race is a Marathon not a sprint.
We may some time get tired in the race but we should never get tired of the race.
Weariness can be a great concern when we run a Marathon but 'hang in' there is more important.
That is what we understand as perseverance.
2ndand 3rd verses talk about fixing our eyes on the Lord Jesus Christ becaus eHE is the WINNER
A run will never look back and run his/her race.
So when we run our Christian race let us fix our eyes on the Lord Jesus Christ.
My friends don’t forget that the distance of our race is a lifelong obedience and faithful living and running a Marathon until we
meet the Lord.