For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. —Romans 15:4

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Keep My Eyes on Jesus

Hebrews 12:1-3
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, 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.  Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

I grew up watching the Cincinnati Reds play baseball. The Big Red Machine dominated the field in the 1970s winning two World Series. The Great Eight, men who took the field together, played a huge role in making the team champions. These team members fixed their eyes on winning the game. They worked together and used their strengths to succeed. Recently, the Reds honored this group of men for their excellent abilities and love of the game. It was fun to watch them get back together and reminisce about their wonder years.

As much as I love baseball and appreciate the skills and effort of these great men who played, I’m looking forward to meeting another group of heroes. Hebrews 11 is considered the Hall of Faith. The chapter lists many who clung to their faith in God under difficult circumstances. When I read about Abraham, Moses and the many other followers who met adversity with faith and hope, I’m strengthened in my walk with God. The New Testament is also filled with folks who endured—Paul, Barnabas, Peter and so many others. These people have not just been honored, they’ve been rewarded a home in heaven.  I hope to meet them someday. But until then, I’ll run with perseverance and keep my eyes on Jesus.


  1. Great parallel, Penny! I love this scripture!

    1. Thanks, Marla. I was thinking about the games our youth group went to in the 70s. Such fun and great fellowship.