I’ve been thinking about Jesus being the ONE WHO SAW. He saw the glory of what awaited him and called it JOY. This joy is what gave him strength to endure pain and suffering of the cross. He disregarded the shame of the cross on account of a yet unrealized joy.
Who can have this kind of joy today? You, me and God! How great must the joy of Father God be when he sees what his Son overcame and the victory he gave to the Church. What joy Jesus has knowing he overcame satan and in so doing gave us the power to do it to.
Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from beginning to end. He did not give up because of the cross! On the contrary, because of the joy that was waiting for him, he thought nothing of the disgrace of dying on the cross, and he is now seated at the right side of God’s throne. Hebrews 2:2 GNT
Here is the Kingdom key: We keep our eyes on Jesus, the champion. He is the Prize. Since he is the beginning of our faith and the end of it we must look to him at all times. Jesus is our joy and in him we’ll find everything we are looking for.
If we back up one verse from the above passage we are told to throw off everything that weights us down so we can run our race with endurance.
Our race is clearly a long haul. Otherwise why would we need endurance? If Jesus needed to disregard the shame of the cross what might we need to disregard to get to our place of joy?
There might be any number of things weighing you down right now. Throw them off.
There may be people in your path right now who belittle what you’re doing or don’t appreciate your effort. Don’t quit even when tempted to do so.
Instead, do what any runner does before a long race. TRAIN! You can train yourself to endure a long race of faith by looking to Jesus. And you can ask to see the joy which is set before you. The more you train the stronger and more confident you’ll become.
In Christ, Anne Grove
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