Victory Vitamin Blog – Hebrews 12:6

“the Lord disciplines those he loves,”

Hebrews 12:6 NIV

Well, isn’t that encouraging?  If my parents had told me “We only discipline you because we love you.” I probably would have replied, “Well then, love me a little less.”  But as an “adult” I really do see the value in discipline.  Discipline is really little more than training.  We all need to be trained.  By nature we are sinners and are overflowing with destructive  behaviors.  I see (now) why my parents disciplined me.  It wasn’t so much punishment for past actions as it was training for future actions.  In hindsight I respect and value my parents actions.  I certainly owe the same respect to the actions of my heavenly Father.  You and I could write volumes about the physical and emotional trauma and pain we’ve endured thus far in this life.  But what of it?  Hebrews 12 says, “endure hardship as discipline,”.  Our natural reaction may be to lash out at God and accuse Him of some kind of wrongdoing.  But hold the phones, even Jesus, God’s only Son suffered.  He didn’t enjoy it either.  We’re told He “endured the cross, scorning its shame.” -Hebrews 12:2  He endured it realizing there was a purpose for it.  The purpose was our salvation.  Likewise God has our good in mind.  It won’t be pleasant at the time, “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” -Hebrews 12:11 NIV  God has shown His intentions toward us in Christ.  We can trust Him.  Endure hardship as discipline.  God is treating you like His child.  That’s a good thing.

Victory Vitamin Blog – Hebrews 12:2

“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus…”

Hebrews 12:2 NIV

I sometimes wish I could see Jesus face to face.  We’ll have to wait for that joyful experience.  This verse is talking figuratively about the “eyes of faith”.  In all things we are to keep Jesus at the center.  He is both the Way and the destination.  As Christians our mission is to serve Jesus by spreading His love and His message with the world starting right where we are.  It can be a difficult job which is why the book of Hebrews says the Christian life is a race.  We are to run this race with perseverance, keeping our eyes on the finish line.  We will spend eternity with Christ and that certainty fuels us as we run the race of faith here on earth.  There are many ways to get distracted and side-tracked in this life.  Fix your eyes on Jesus by worshiping Him regularly, talking to Him in prayer, receiving His forgiveness in the Lord’s Supper and faithfully living as His follower every day.  Jesus put us first by dying to earn forgiveness for our sins.  We now fix our eyes on Him as we run the race of faith on earth.