The increasing busyness of my household has recently held for me a tremendous temptation: Quitting. What if I simply quit? What if I implemented the most devastating strike of all time: not a teacher strike, not a police strike…but a MOM strike? What if every mom agreed to simply walk out of their households and strike until we could negotiate better hours, increased pay and more vacation days? Ha!
Whether you are a mom or not, we can all relate to this temptation to lose heart. We grow weary quickly and are tempted to simply give up. We see a lengthy road of difficulty, opposition, and busyness and see no end to it. If I can’t handle it now, how will I ever make it through ‘til the end?
“Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” Hebrews 12:3
Forgive my bluntness here, but this verse seems ridiculous at first. It feels as absurd as saying, “If Michael Phelps can win eight olympic medals, so can you.” Ummmm…no I can’t. I simply don’t have Phelps’ ability, discipline, or body type. He has no part of me, nor do I have any part in him. Thus, his strength and accomplishments are irrelevant to me, but thanks for trying. But upon a closer inspection, I see this truth:
We are not being asked to compare Jesus’ strength to our own. We are being asked to compare Jesus’ strength to HIS own.
Despite my initial impression, this verse is not promoting “If He can do it, you can do it” attitude. Rather, it is encouraging us that “If He can do it once, He can do it again,” or “If He can endure THAT than He can endure THIS.” We are to consider, to take carefully into account, JESUS who endured such opposition. Look at what Jesus can do! He is the One that will do it through you! Unlike Phelps, who has no part of us nor we of Him, Christ IS our life. If we have received Him, then Christ is IN us and we are IN Him.
Think of it this way:
Can Michael Phelps tread water? Can a contortionist touch their toes? Can Jesus, who endured such opposition from sinful men, endure the opposition you are facing? YES!!!! This is the comparison we are encouraged to make: His strength versus His strength.
Consider HIM. Consider what He endured. Consider His Strength. Consider who He is. Take HIM into account so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. He is WITH you, FOR you and IN you.
And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you. Romans 8:11