“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.” -Hebrews 12:1-3

Hebrews 12 begins with one of the most encouraging introductions of any chapter in the Bible. Why? Its focus is to not grow weary and lose heart.

As followers of Jesus, we endure many struggles. The natural temptation is to become discouraged, perhaps even to the point of giving up. But this is not God’s desire for us. Instead, he calls us to persevere. How? By focusing our eyes on Jesus.

Perhaps one of the reasons Jesus came to earth was simply for those of us who believe to focus on him. We have a God who came in a physical form and experienced life just as we do. This gives us much comfort that he knows our experiences, can relate to them, and longs to encourage us in the process.

Today, do not grow weary. Look to Jesus. See him. When you do, you will find the strength to carry on no matter what today might bring.

[Originally posted here.]

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DILLON BURROUGHS is an author, activist, and co-founder of Activist Faith. Dillon served in Haiti following the epic 2010 earthquake and has investigated modern slavery in the US and internationally. His books include Undefending ChristianityNot in My Town (with Charles J. Powell), and Thirst No More (October). Discover more at ActivistFaith.org.

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