Good Enough for Jesus? Good Enough for Me!
April 29, 2021
We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. Hebrews 12:2 NLT
I have a friend who would always push back on the famous car commercials, stating, “This is not your father’s Oldsmobile!” He, without exception, would always say, “Hey, that may sound good to you, but let me say this: If it was good enough for my dad, it’s good enough for me!”
My friend was missing the point. They weren’t saying there were any flaws in his father’s judgment. The commercial was meant to convey that since Dad’s time, many improvements have been made, and experiencing an Oldsmobile would be even better.
Jesus set a standard that cannot be improved upon for enduring the worst moments. We are challenged in Hebrews 12:1 to persevere and run with endurance the particular race that is set before us. We all have a unique calling and direction; therefore, we will have real difficulties and challenges to face along the way. We may encounter obstacles and attacks so overwhelming that we don’t know how we can stand up, let alone keep on going.
Verse two tells us that the secret is to focus on Jesus and do it like He did. His struggles were far greater than any of us will ever face. He was carrying the sins of the world on His shoulders and was separated from His Father for the first and only time in all eternity. The worst we ever endure pales in comparison. But we can face anything, no matter how torturous and impossible it seems, when we focus on and imitate Christ. He didn’t focus on the pain of the moment. He didn’t fixate on His pain and how excruciating it was. He fixed His focus on the utter joy that was ahead of Him when He made it through and received the reward of faithfulness from His Father.
That’s how we can make it successfully through anything. We don’t focus on the difficulty or the pain. We focus on the certain joy that is our huge reward when we make it faithfully through. That’s how Jesus did it. If it’s good enough for Jesus, it certainly is good enough for me.
- Are you facing anything right now that seems impossible for you to remain faithful and finish?
- What might be the joy that God has ahead of you if you remain faithful?
- Who and what can help you focus on Jesus?