"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off eveything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Heb. 12:1
Anyone who has every gone on a journey knows that sharing that journey with someone makes the journey fun. Most of us like to have company along the way.
The Christian life and our journey into the new year is like that. As Christians we go on our way with the assurance that our loving God is with us, that our companion and guide is the Son of God, and that God has given us His Word as a daily companion.
But there is more than all this. All of our fellow members in the body of Christ, all who have been one with us in faith in Christ, are with us also. If you read the 11th chapter of Hebrews you will read that many of them had bigger problems and stronger enemies than we shall ever have. Their lives were very different. But they all had one thing in common with us, their eyes were fixed on something extra. They endured as seeing Him who lived their lives fully in this world, but there was something extra, they endured as seeing Him who is invisible. It says they lived in the dimension of faith. There faithfulness is a constant encouragement to us. Christian friends, We do not struggle alone, and we are not the first to struggle with the problems we face. Others have run the race of life and won, and their witness stirs us to run and win also. We have an inspiring heritage.
When the pathway seems long, When temptation is strong, When your strength's almost gone, That's the time to press on.
Dear LORD and Friend of our way, open our eyes to see the fellowship of Thy faithful people. In Jesus name we pray. Amen
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