“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 perfected 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.” -Hebrews 12:1-3
There are times when our faith may seem weak and failing. Those are especially the times when we need to look to Jesus. There is no stopping of the race marked out for us. To not keep running is inviting failure, or I would rather put it: stumbling or being slowed down maybe even to a standstill.
But running the race is not enough. There is only one way we can continue on this race and do well. And that’s by looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfected of faith. Living as he did by first of all considering as in paying close attention to his way of life, the way of the cross. Of course we can live in this “way” only in and through Jesus, in relationship and communion with him by the Spirit.
By this we can have not only the needed “shot in the arm,” but we can learn to endure and persevere come what may. This is our calling individually and together in Jesus for the world.