After showing all the examples of faith from the Old Testament scriptures, the author makes his point. We must lay aside our sin and anything that would hinder us and pursue Christ with endurance. He then reframes the sin and suffering we deal with. It’s not just a struggle to face, but a lesson to learn from as we pursue holiness. It all has a purpose. Finally, he warns against rejecting God’s grace and all he has done to bring redemption our way because you might miss the window to change your mind & repent.
The author’s therefore statement is empowering. It’s a reminder that we are not walking or living this faith alone. There are many who have come before us and successfully lived out their faith in God. Now they are cheering us on as we do the same. But we have to run with endurance, never giving up. Likewise, like verse 2 says, we also do it with tunnel vision, with eyes focused on Jesus alone. With him as the focus, we can keep moving with one foot in front of the other.
Are you running your race with endurance?