- Sermon Series: Enjoying God
- Sermon Title: Running With Joy
- Text: Hebrews 12:1-3
|Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!
(Hebrews 12:1-3, MSG)
This Sunday, we will continue our series entitled, Enjoying God. Why are we called to enjoy Him? Is it out of duty or delight?
Ideally, our call to enjoy Him would be sparked by His joy for us. All good gifts come from our God. He pours them into our lives, our cups runneth over, and His goodness overflows into the world. In other words, we enjoy God because He first enjoyed us. How?
In our passage this week, think about how Jesus’ joy is described. What was and is His joy? What was He willing to go through in order to make His joy complete? Why did He leave the comfort of Heaven? Why did He run the race? I’ll share more about this on Sunday. Sorry for the cliffhanger.
|Jesus, as we run the race of faith today, sometimes our joy is eclipsed by pain and suffering. Yet, on the cross You had joy, something that You kept Your focus on, something that enabled You to endure. You are the something/or someone for us now in the midst of whatever challenges we face this week. Thank You for being our joy! Amen.
Blessings in the Trailblazer, Jesus Christ!