You Were Made For More

Hebrews 12:1-2 “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, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.”

One of my favorite sports traditions is the 12th Man at Texas A&M. In 1922, the Aggies were playing in the Dixie Classic against undefeated Centre College. Sophomore E. King Gill had left the team earlier that season to focus on school and his place on the basketball team. During this game however, he was serving in the press box taking stats. During the first half of the game, the Aggies were devastated by injuries. So much so that it appeared that they may not be able to field a team. It was at that time that coach Dana Bible looked up at King and waved for him to get in the game! Gill came down from the press box, put on a jersey, and prepared to play! This moment sparked an amazing tradition where students today stand for the entire game, symbolizing their readiness to be called in to play!

In Hebrews chapters 11 and 12, we see a group of people who chose to “get into the game.” God called them to step out in faith, and they responded. In doing so, they realized that they were made for more than just the ordinary. We see in these chapters that faith is the fuel to experience more of God. When we step into the unknown, God can grow us in ways we cannot anticipate. We also see that God will use anyone who is willing. So, how do we live like this? In Hebrews 12:1-2, we see two steps that will help us get on the playing field of faith:

  1. Take off all that hinders and entangles.
  2. Fix your sight on Jesus.

How about you? Is there a chance that something is hindering or entangling your life? This year, it has been easy to fall into patterns and behaviors that hold us back from God’s best. Where is your focus? Is there a problem or frustration that has taken your eye off Jesus?

Take a couple moments to read and reflect on Hebrews 11-12. Will you commit to removing the things that hinder your life today? How can you fix your sight on Jesus this weekend? Be ready. You were made for more than watching. God may be calling you down soon to get in the game!