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Posted by on Oct 6, 2007 in hospitality, love, service | 1 comment

In Hebrews 12, the author of the book calls for us to “run with endurance” by looking to (“keeping our eyes focused on”) Jesus, the one who starts us in the faith and the one who matures us in the faith:

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. (Hebrews 12:1-3 ESV)

What happens when those who are indwelled by the Spirit also lives their lives (“run with endurance”) by focusing on Jesus?

Let brotherly love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body. Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous. Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have… (Hebrews 13:1-5 ESV)

How we treat others – with our time, energy, resources, etc. – will demonstrate whether or not we are keeping our eyes focused on Jesus. Where are you focused?

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  1. 11-17-2008

    was just surfing the web… read this blog… thanks for reminding me where i should focus… God bless!