by Joe Kim, ATS Graduate Intern, Senior High Pastor @ Presbyterian Church of New Jersey
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. 2 This is what the ancients were commended for.” - Hebrews 11:1-2
I remember when I was in elementary school. Baseball season was coming around the corner and I wanted to play little league like no other. However, I lacked something, the knowledge of the game. I told my father how badly I wanted to play and the situation I was in.
One morning, an hour or so before I had to wake up to get ready for school, my father came and woke me up and told me to get dressed quickly. I followed him to a baseball field near my house. My father had bought me a baseball glove, baseballs, a baseball bat, and some batting gloves. From that day on until tryouts, my father took me out early in the morning to teach about the game of baseball.
Throughout this entire time, he had encouraged me and kept pushing me to work harder so that I could achieve my goal of making it through the tryouts. When tryouts came around, I had made the team.
The writer of Hebrews tells us that we are “surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses” in verse 1. Just like how my father was there to encourage and push me to get better at baseball and to learn the game, we need to try to see who is around us encouraging us and pushing us to have a deeper relationship with Christ. We need to be able to see who is going to help us in our spiritual life.
We need to also consider how we can “lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely” as also stated in verse 1. We need to see who or what there is in our lives that is going to hold us down or completely take us out of commission in our race.
Who is there in your life that you can truly trust with your spiritual life? Who or what is there that needs to be shed so that you can run lighter and faster?
Father, open my eyes, my heart, and my mind to the things and people in my life that you feel will be there for me to keep my relationship with you growing. Spirit reveal to me the things and people that are not beneficial to my spiritual life and help me to wisely fade them out of my life.