A Life Focused on Christ

Hebrews 12:1-3

A life of strong faith doesn’t happen automatically or without any effort on our part. Although we are not saved by our own endeavors, spiritual growth requires the appropriation of all the means God has provided to help us walk faithfully with Him. We should …

• Learn from the lives of past heroes of the faith, like those we read about yesterday in Hebrews 11. Knowing that others have faithfully navigated the stormy seas of life encourages us to persevere as well.

• Rid ourselves of any habitual sins or other burdens that hinder us from wholehearted devotion and obedience to the Lord.

• Focus on Jesus, not on ourselves or our desires.

Christ has gone before us to model how to live faithfully, no matter how difficult the circumstances. He demonstrated perfect trust, always doing exactly what His Father commanded—even going to the cross. Jesus endured shame and suffering by focusing on the joy that would be His in the completed redemption of a people for God’s glory.

Are you looking to Christ for the strength and perspective needed to run life’s race with faith-filled endurance?

Bible in One Year: Jeremiah 31-32

From In Touch Ministries with Dr. Charles Stanley

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