This morning I was feeling a little sorry for myself. A little tentative.
I remembered this from Hebrews 12:
1Therefore, 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. 2Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.In that passage rolling around in my head I became aware that I have not yet resisted sin in the world and sinful men to the point of the shedding of blood.
3Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
4In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. 5And you have forgotten that word of encouragement that addresses you as sons:
"My son, do not make light of the Lord's discipline,
and do not lose heart when he rebukes you,
6because the Lord disciplines those he loves,
and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son."
Many interpret this to talk about personal sin, sin that besets. That certainly is true. But the pressure of a sin filled world is great. And it opposes. And it hates you. It hates me. It accuses.
I wear the badge of being a Jesus Freak with Honor.
My struggle compared to them is nothing. I needed to remember that this morning.