DEVOTION – DAY 53
Hebrews 12:1-2 – “Looking to Jesus”
Hebrews 12:1-2: “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.”
When we face a disagreement with others, do we think we are always right and the other party is always wrong? Do we get upset with others if they fail to see our point of view? For many people, this happens when there is a disagreement. It is so easy to give in to our sin nature that causes us to think that we are always right even when we are wrong. And our sin of pride may prevent us from admitting that we have been wrong.
But Hebrews 12:1 reminds us that we are to “throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles.” Instead of our sin nature of pride and self-righteousness, we are to adopt the quality of humility and reconciliation. In verse 2, the writer of Hebrews offered us help in adopting humility and the spirit of reconciliation. He tells us to look to Jesus, “the pioneer and perfecter of faith.”
Let us consider what Jesus Christ did. Jesus Christ voluntarily gave up His rights and set aside His deity to come to earth and to live as a human being for 33 years. He suffered humiliation and suffering on the cross. He endured the worst insults and punishment. He gave up His life in order that believers in Him could gain eternal life. Jesus Christ is humble. He came to reconcile fallen man with God, the Father. That is why He is referred to as “the pioneer and perfecter of faith.” Jesus Christ was willing to give up His rights even though He was not in the wrong because He trusted in His Father’s salvation plan. He saw beyond His immediate suffering on the cross to His future glory on resurrection and ascension to be seated on the right hand of God, the Father (Hebrews 12.2).
If Jesus is prepared to give up His rights for greater good, we must be prepared to do the same.
Let us pray: Heavenly Father, give us the strength to resist giving into our sin nature of pride and self-righteousness. Help us to fix our eyes on our Lord Jesus and always seek humility, peace and reconciliation and for your glory. In Jesus Christ name, we pray. Amen.
- Do you have a disagreement with someone? Are you willing to seek peace and reconciliation instead of insisting that you were right and that the other person was wrong?
- What steps will you take to adopt an attitude of humility and peace-seeking?
- How will you avoid giving into your sin nature and argue when you disagree with someone?
- What can you learn from Jesus, the Prince of Peace, as your example?