"Let us fix our eyes on
Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the
cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God."
~~ Hebrews 12:2 ~~
Few people know the joys and sorrows of the runner.
Early he wakes, following the practiced rituals that put him to his paces. Starting off,
almost immediately, the body rebels against its induced rigors, and the mind contemplates
returning to something less challenging. Still, on he runs, bending body and mind to the
Ahead his mind races to the hill before and the
decline after, rehearsing the drive and the reprieve of his limbs. Nearing the end of his
run and depletion of strength, he sets a goal before his gaze--to the tree, just past the
gate, or whatever object poses for his finish line.
He must not look to himself--the pounding of his
chest, the growing weariness in his legs, nor the mental fatigue of his struggle, but to
the goal. He fixes his eyes upon the anticipated reward of his efforts, 'til, with final
stretch, he passes that elusive line. His run is over, for now, but there is tomorrow.
So we too, must look past the struggle of this life
and the weakness of our flesh, to fix our gaze upon our crowned King, Jesus. He bore the
trials. He bore hostility. He bore sorrow and pain. He bore the shame of the cross--our
cross, and His. Enduring the cross's cruel pleasure and shameful injustice, with riveted
gazed upon the prize--you and I. Our redemption.
So Christian, lift your gaze, lengthen your stride,
for our Champion has gone on before us, and we are nearing the gate. Keep the SON in your eyes!