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Strength to your knees
Bible Passage Hebrews 12: 1& 2, 12-13
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2024 & book Hebrews.

Strength to your knees

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached January 12, 2024

1 Therefore, having so vast a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, and throwing off everything that hinders us and especially the sin that so easily entangles us, let us keep running with endurance the race set before us,

2 fixing our attention on Jesus, the pioneer, and perfecter of the faith, who, in view of the joy set before him, endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

12 Therefore, strengthen your tired arms and your weak knees,

13 and straighten the paths of your life, so that your lameness may not become worse, but instead may be healed.

There are witnesses about us like a cloud. Witnesses can be of two types: those witnesses who tell of something that they have seen and other witnesses who watch what is happening. The writer may mean both. The heroes of faith in chapter 11 of Hebrews are examples of those who trusted God. Their example encourages us to trust God in the same way. God did not fail them.

We are like athletes in a race. The race is our lives and all of us must run it as a runner competes in a race. The athlete trains himself so that he becomes strong. He makes sure that his weight is not too heavy. While he is running, he does not carry or wear anything that he does not need. He runs to win.

The runner throws off anything that would slow him down. So we must throw off anything that would make our trust in God weaker. These are things that may not be bad in themselves. But they do not make us stronger Christians. Then also there are the sins that we find so easy to do. We must be careful that we do not fail and do them. To live as God wants us to live, we have to be patient and never give up. We have to continue, strong in our trust in God, until our life here on earth comes to an end.

According to verse 2, we must always keep looking up to Jesus. He shows us what faith is and our faith comes from him. He will help us trust God to lead us along the path God has planned for us. Jesus’ path led him to die on the cross. The Jews considered that death on a cross brought great shame upon the one who died. But Jesus was looking beyond death. He saw the joy that was to come when He went back to His Father in heaven. There He would share His joy with all God’s people.

So must the believer always think about the future and the result rather than the current pain. We may be challenged now, but we must endure until we receive the crown.

While we run the race of life, we may get weary. By tired hands and weak knees, the writer means people who find it too hard to continue the Christian race – people who are ready to give up their belief in Jesus. Tired hands can no longer work. Weak knees stop moving forward.

They must be brave and strong, and not give up when troubles come. They must continue to trust Jesus and live as God wants them to live, even when it is difficult.

The Christian life is like a race along a path. If that path is straight or level, it will be easier to reach the place where we are going. If we do not keep to the straight path, the journey will be longer and harder. If we leave the path, we may not get back on it again. On a rough path or a longer way, the weak will get weaker and will fail. We should make the path as easy as we can for others so that the weak can keep on it. In the right way, there is healing for them. So they will be able to get to the end. How can we help them? We need to be clear in our beliefs and in what we teach. We need to walk together and live as God wants us to live.

The Christian life needs constant revival and fueling so that the race can be run to the end with success.

🔷 Our faith in God should make us endure to face our challenges with perseverance

🔷 We must take off every hindrance, such as sin that prevents us from getting to Jesus or achieving our dreams

💥 Pray that you shall endure all challenges to live for Christ
💥 Ask God’s mercy to practice holiness

Christians must not allow life’s trials to discourage them but meet their difficulties with boldness and confidence. They must turn away from sin and develop holiness that will encourage them to stay focused and continue to work for God.

In series Bright Morning Reflections