Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.Hebrews 12:1-3 (NIV)
Today in the Christian Church calendar is “All Saints Day.” It is the day of the year when we pause to remember all those believers who have preceded us and are now dead. In my faith tradition, we believe that all who have claimed Jesus as their Lord and Savior, and have accepted his forgiveness for their sins are redeemed from their sins by the grace and love of God exhibited by Jesus’s death on the cross. Since a person is redeemed, the person is covered by the righteousness of the Lod and therefore a saint. On this day we acknowledge the example provided through the lives of these saints.
The writer of the book of Hebrews is talking about the examples which we have been given. First, he lifts up the example of those who have preceded us. He reminds us that they surround us with their example and support. This should give us the strength and perseverance to go down life’s path remaining vigilant in our faith and throwing off anything which stops our faith growth. If that were not helpful enough, the writer highlights the example of Jesus who suffered and faced opposition but remained faithful to God and the path of service.
As you proceed through your day today, I encourage you to think of the saints who have been in your life. Think of the saints you have read about in the Bible or heard about from other believers. Ask yourself about the faith examples you have been privileged to witness. What might you learn from these people which may assist you in your faith and life journey? Never forget others have walked this path before and surround you now. They cheer you along your path and your greatest cheerleader is Jesus Christ, your Lord.