You Can Do This!
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us. Hebrews 12:1
One Sunday morning during worship as we were singing the song You Are Beautiful, the line in it that says, “I see your face and you’re beautiful” seemed to open up another realm to the eyes of my heart. The faces of saints who have gone on before us in the last 50 to 60 years or so began coming into my view. They were preachers and teachers from across the spectrum of the body of Christ and their faces were glowing with His glory. I thought of Hebrews 12:1 that says we are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses. They were not rah-rah cheering us on, they were almost pleading, pulling on my heart and saying, “Come on! You can do this! You’ve got to move the ball further down the field. We paid a price to move it but now it’s your turn. You’ve got to move it further.” I saw their faces as they were coaxing us and I felt their passionate yearning to see Jesus get his full reward. With tears in my eyes I surrendered to a lifelong pursuit of honoring their request.