Running the Race

Heb. 12:1    So then let’s also run the race that is laid out in front of us, since we have such a great cloud of witnesses surrounding us. Let’s throw off any extra baggage, get rid of the sin that trips us up,  2  and fix our eyes on Jesus, faith’s pioneer and perfecter. He endured the cross, ignoring the shame, for the sake of the joy that was laid out in front of him, and sat down at the right side of God’s throne. 

Heb. 12:3    Think about the one who endured such opposition from sinners so that you won’t be discouraged and you won’t give up. 

Hebrews 12:1-3

Yesterday in worship, we studied Hebrews 12:5-11 together (see below). As you take in the first three verses of this chapter from Hebrews, how do they enrich your hearing of our verses from yesterday? What is the spiritual lesson you find in them? How has God’s discipline helped you run the race?

Memory Verse –
your rod and your staff –
they comfort me.

4  In your struggle against sin, you haven’t resisted yet to the point of shedding blood, 5 and you have forgotten the encouragement that addresses you as sons and daughters: 

My child, don’t make light of the Lord’s discipline 
or give up when you are corrected by him, 
6 because the Lord disciplines whomever he loves, 
and he punishes every son or daughter whom he accepts.

7  Bear hardship for the sake of discipline. God is treating you like sons and daughters! What child isn’t disciplined by his or her father?  8  But if you don’t experience discipline, which happens to all children, then you are illegitimate and not real sons and daughters.  9  What’s more, we had human parents who disciplined us, and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live?  10  Our human parents disciplined us for a little while, as it seemed best to them, but God does it for our benefit so that we can share his holiness.  11  No discipline is fun while it lasts, but it seems painful at the time. Later, however, it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness for those who have been trained by it. 

Hebrews 12:4-11

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