Hebrews 12:1-2a

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12 January, 2022




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 perfecter 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.


Cycling might seem like an individual activity, but it is a team sport. Professional cyclists require a team to be successful. The rider gets the glory, but they don’t get there without their support crew. A support crew takes care of practical things like maintaining the equipment, but it is the moral, emotional and motivational support that truly get the cyclist over the line! The cyclist is never alone, they know when they are feeling low or exhausted, their support team will be there with a word of encouragement to give them the push they need. Our journey through life is the same. Hebrews tells us we are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses. These are those people of faith who have lived lives of example. They were able to overcome and endure, and therefore we can too. We also have the privilege of the body of Christ to encourage us day to day. Even more, we are the support crew for other believers around us.


Lord, I thank you for the gift of those who have walked the faith before me. I ask you to help me to lean on my support crew around me, and also to be a support for my faith family. Help me to fix my eyes on you and run the race marked out for me. Amen.

Today's devotion provided by Elise von Stanke, LifeWay Youth and family Co-ordinator