Week 42 – Where Are You Running?

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Hebrews

Therefore, since we also have such a large cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily ensnares us. Let us run with endurance the race that lies before us, keeping our eyes on Jesus, the source, and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that lay before Him endured a cross and despised the shame and has sat down at the right hand of God’s throne. Hebrews 12:1-2

This year’s Bible challenge has been an incredible journey. It’s reminded me of all the different ways there are to read and study scripture, but it’s also reminded me of all the ways God uses scripture to breathe life into my soul.  I can’t believe there are only 10 weeks left in 2017. I’m already thinking and praying about how God is calling me to read through the Bible in 2018, but until then. . . .

As we have seen throughout this year, sometimes it’s an old lesson God reminds us of, a new Bible translation, definition of a word we have passed over, new Bible commentary or life situation that leads us to new and deeper understanding of God’s word. But sometimes, it’s a message He has given someone else that has been brave and bold enough to share with us. This week, I couldn’t help but think of an amazing Sermon Jam I watched by John Piper on these exact verses. (Thank you, Laura, for teaching me about sermon jams!) In a nutshell, he says that when we ask the question, “Is it a sin?” we are asking the wrong question. Instead, we should be asking ourselves if each word, action or deed makes us run. Even if the Bible isn’t specific about the particular action or deed, does it make you run to Christ, does it draw you closer to Him and the person He desires for you to be? John is an incredible man of God, pastor, author and leader. I hope you will watch this 3-minute sermon jam of his sermon message on these particular verses from Hebrews. I believe he says it better than I ever could.

Running – John Piper Sermon Jam

 

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