Kali Brandon | Director, Local Outreach
1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.Hebrews 12:1-2
As we reflect on the Easter season, we can see how the context of our modern culture allows traditions like egg hunts and dinner plans to take center stage in our minds. Now, I’m not legalistic, and I won’t advise you to forsake those traditions in future years. But, what I will do is encourage you to keep the main thing the main thing, now and always.
Jesus, as Mediator of the New Covenant, is the supreme example of faith. He suffered the ultimate martyrdom to save us from our sins. His struggle and victory are ours. He alone is “the founder and perfecter of our faith,” the champion who brought faith to its complete expression, and, as such, is our ultimate example.
This is it! This is the main thing! We don’t need to fret about whether the Easter pictures turned out perfectly or if the guests liked the food we served. We don’t need to worry about whether the grandkids loved their Easter baskets. Those aren’t “the main thing!”
Instead, we are called to focus on the Lord’s life, death, and resurrection—today and every day—as we run with endurance, keeping the main thing the main thing.