A note from Pastor Arnold

July 11, 2020

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders & the sin that so easily entangles us. And let us run w/ perseverance the race marked out for us fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author & perfecter of our faith. For the joy set before Him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, & sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Heb. 12:1-2

When I was in the Army, we had to run 5-10 miles as part of our training with our backpacks & weapons, etc. It was grueling. How do you endure, let alone survive such a challenge? First, we ran together, all 30 of us in our unit, urging & helping each other along. Secondly, we ran with just what was required, the basic equipment – nothing more or less. Anything “extra” would just slow us down or keep us from finishing. Thirdly, we ran with the goal in mind, i.e. getting to the mess hall for our next meal or to our barracks to sleep.

The writer of The Letter to the Hebrews likened the Christian life to a race or run. It, too, is challenging & grueling. To help us finish, it is good to remember to run with other brothers & sisters. Going it alone, only multiplies the hardship. Also, remember to shed any extra baggage, such as any sins in our lives that will drag us down, i.e. pride, unforgiveness, unwillingness to forget the past. The goal is not to reach perfection but unrelenting progress to be like our precious Savior & Lord, Jesus Christ.

What holds you back from living the Christian life as it should be? Let’s try to help each other.

Pstr. Arnold

 

Blessings,

Pstr. Arnold