The Task Before Us
One Christmas, an elderly woman decided to send money to her family members instead of buying gifts. She purchased Christmas cards for everyone and wrote a Merry Christmas greeting followed by the phrase, “Buy your own presents this year.” However, in January she realized that she had sent the Christmas cards, but had forgotten to include the money for them to buy the gifts with!
I believe churches have often done the same thing to our world. The world seeks peace, direction, and victory while the Church withholds the greatest information about how to secure them.
In Hebrews 12:1–2, the author explains that believers can persist in the task set before them—to lift high the name of the Lord Jesus in a world that desperately needs Him. Believers can look to this mighty text and see four key truths about the Christian walk.
First, we see that we have a marvelous heritage. Hebrews tells us that we are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses, meaning that we are not alone. A host of great men and women have gone before us to pave the way, pay the price, and show us that the cause is just and righteous.
Second, we have a marked responsibility as believers. We must keep our lives clean and pure, laying aside the sin that so easily entangles us. There are things that must be put off in order to be effective. We may have to give up some good things that are not the best things in order to do what God has called us to do.
Third, we have a mission and God has a plan. But we must also realize that Satan has a plan as well—to divert, divide, and ultimately destroy. Thus we must be ever vigilant, doing everything we can to make sure that God’s plan is accomplished.
Fortunately for believers, we do not have to set our own mission because we have a master. Verse 2 says that we are to fix our eyes on Jesus. We need to be a Jesus people, having only one goal, which should be to lift high His name.
Let us endeavor to accomplish the task set before us, knowing that the Lord has a perfect plan to bring this weary world to Himself.