“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.”
-Hebrews 12:1 NIV
Are there Christians in your past who have had a formative influence on your faith life? The verse above refers to these people as being part of a “great cloud of witnesses”. This cloud of witnesses consists of those who have gone before us and died in the faith. Their faith inspires and encourages us to persevere and remain faithful to Jesus until death. My mother and father are among those whose faith inspires and encourages me to remain faithful, but we need to remember that faith has an object. The object of faith is Jesus Christ. The faith life of others may encourage us, but Christ alone empowers us to live that life of perseverance and faith. As you consider those whose faith has influenced you, consider the faith legacy you’re leaving behind. Live and talk in such a way that others (your children, your co-workers, your friends) will be inspired by your faith to know and love Jesus Christ.