Hebrews 12:1-2 (New International Version)
1 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, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
My brother talks about the Salmon up in Alaska. As I think about the salmon making their way up the river to their spawning ground swimming upstream against the current, I thought of some lessons that we, as Christians, could learn from them.
Each fall, adult sockeye salmon return to their natal stream, river, or lake, to spawn and bury their eggs. Salmon have the determination and perseverance to keep on going until they reach their final destination -- their spawning ground. Their journey is upstream against the strong current, which pushes them back many times. Sometimes they get caught in the Salmon wheel but many make it past.
Our Christian walk is like that of the salmon. We are battling against the evils of this dark world -- often going against the crowd. Many times, we, too, come against strong opposition, but we who believe in Jesus, when we die, will inherit eternal life. We, too, at times, get caught by Satan, and, although Satan doesn't release us, Jesus does. He is always with us, showing us how to be free from our sin. Jesus died on the cross for our sins so that we could win the victory over sin and death.
God has a plan for our lives, just as He has a plan for the salmon. Let us persevere, then, as the salmon do, year after year, and run the race marked out for us. Let us keep our eyes on Jesus until, the end of our journey; we have reached our final destination -- heaven.
Dear Lord we thank You that You have prepared a place for us, and that You have a plan for each of our lives. Keep us from getting trapped, weary or discouraged. Help us, through our times of trouble to keep our eyes fixed on You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.