What A Man Says
If there is one thing that we can be certain of it is this, more people than ever are watching the things that we do. In these modern times, with the technology that is available, more people than ever know what takes place each and every day. This is not just limited to the big things that happen, but it also includes the things that happen in each of our lives as well. It seems that so often, as soon as a person experiences something in their lives, other people start to find out about it. Through social media and other outlets word travels faster than it ever has before. When we think of this in light of scripture we should see then how important it is to remember what we profess and what we believe in.
Notice in today’s scripture when it says, “Since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses”. How true that is! And what is also true is that, when a person confesses to being a Christian, people will begin to pay even more attention to them. But what does the Bible tell us that we are to do about this? It is a two-step process actually. First, we are to throw off all of the things that hinder us and the sin that entangles us. This means that we must begin to turn our focus off of the things of this world. We must not continue to pursue the things that this world offers us nor can we continue to seek to satisfy our fleshly desires. When we do this, we will be sending the message to those who are watching that we truly believe the things that we say we believe. So often people have seen Christians say one thing, but then act in a way that is against what they have said. When this happens, it is proof that they do not truly believe what they say they believe.
But the passage ends by telling us that we must persevere as we run the race. The word persevere tells us that we must not stop. We must continue moving forward living in the way that the Lord has called us to live. When we say that we believe in Christ, and then we actually live out those beliefs through our actions, it demonstrates the true love for Christ that we should have. Today, I want to challenge each one of us who profess to be a disciple of Christ to examine our lives and see if we not only say that we are His disciple, but we also live it out.