December 14, 2016 by Bob Miller
SCRIPTURE: Hebrews 12:3-43 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.
OBSERVATION: When we become weary in our Christian walk because life seems tough or because we are receiving persecution and rejection we are to Consider the example our Lord set for us. He endured opposition from sinners, to the point that He suffered and died on a cross. He did not turn back, choose an easier path, or give up. When we look to Him, we realize we are in good company and therefore we can remain steadfast. We are to be reminded that in our temptations and struggle against sin, our testings have not resulted in losing our life or in shedding our blood, but Jesus’ stand against sin cost Him His life.
APPLICATION: We should not be shocked when living for God produces hardship and kick-back from the world. We have not chosen the ‘popular’ road. When we get discouraged in our walk with the Lord we are to set our eyes on Jesus. Remember His example which He set for us to follow. It may be difficult, but just as Jesus did not live for himself, so we are not to live for ourselves either. Our goal is not “happiness” but rather “Christ-likeness”.
PRAYER: Lord, thank You for speaking to my heart today. I will set my eyes on You and not on ME! Too easily I find myself considering the STATE that I am living in and let that determine my countenance. Instead Lord, I set my eyes on You to consider Your example for how to live through this day.
REFLECTION: Take your focus off of yourself and fix it on Jesus!