Hebrews 12:2 tells us that while we run our race, we are to be “Looking to Jesus the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Here is the key to victory. How did the Captain of our salvation win the battle? He triumphed because He saw into heavenly places. He beheld the eternal joy that was awaiting Him there. It is very important to have a revelation of eternity and become heavenly minded.
Jesus had a work to accomplish—the cross. He knew what His race was, but how did He have the strength to succeed? He endured because He had a glimpse of eternity. As He went to the cross and redeemed millions of His followers, He saw the eternal joy that would be His. This enabled Christ to overcome the cross. We need to see, as the Apostle Paul also did, that “the sufferings of this present life are not worthy to be compared with the coming glory,” Rom.8:18.
After the cross, Christ “sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” How we need a glimpse of what is ahead for us. I have seen in visions some of the thrones of the overcomers (see Revelation 20:4) and it is well worth every difficulty in life to attain to that which God has planned for us.
Oh, what eternal joy! Oh, to see His wonderful face, to see that lovely smile and hear those words, “Well done, good and faithful servant! Enter into the joy of your Lord!” It will be worth it all when we see Jesus. Therefore, we should constantly look to Christ, the One who started His race and who also finished it triumphantly.
My prayer is that this article may fill you with zeal to live a holy life and to finish well the race that God has ordained for your life. Let us ever press on for God’s highest, not settling for second best. We want to be able to say with the Apostle Paul at the end of our lives, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith,” 2 Tim.4:11. May we all become runners that win the race and gain the prize.
– by Dr. BRIAN BAILEY, the President of Zion Fellowship (1981-2012)