May 19, 2022
Have you ever been surprised at what you can endure? Hi, I'm Mike Henry Sr. with Follower of One. Thanks for joining me again today on the Follower of One podcast. This is our prompting every day to help us go into our jobs as full-time marketplace ministers. We started talking yesterday about Hebrews 12:1-2, and I read from the English Standard Version yesterday. But today I'd like to read from the New American Standard. "Therefore, since we have so great, a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin was so easily entangles us. And let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author, and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross despising the shame and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God."
Yesterday, we talked to her a little bit about what we can get rid of, what's not essential, removing the non-essentials. Today, I want to talk about how we can focus beyond our problems. Our focus can get us past our trials. When we fix our eyes on Jesus, when we look beyond whatever we have to endure, we get new strength. We can move into what we're aiming for. And he uses Jesus as an example, "for the joy set before him, he endured the cross." He focused on the joy to endure the cross. When we focus on Jesus, we can endure our situations. And not only that become more than conquerors, we can be a difference maker and a blesser of others.
We can help people in ways that they can't even understand because our eyes are focused and fixed on Jesus Christ. He's the author, the starter and the completer of our faith. He started our faith and he finished it. And he did for the joy set before him. He endured the cross. We can for the joy set before us, for the savior given to us, for the freedom that we have in Christ, we can fix our eyes on Jesus to get through the things that happened to us in this world. We can focus beyond our trials.
My challenge to us today in this brief podcast is to encourage you to ask God where you need to focus beyond what's going on. Let's not focus just on today, but rather let's focus on Jesus. Let's focus on where we're going with. Let's listen to him in such a way that he encourages us and he guides us and he shows us what to do. When we fix our eyes on him, or when we focus on him to the exclusion of everything else, we gain the strength to endure. We gain the strength to do the things necessary to glorify him and make him visible in our world.
Thank you for being a marketplace minister. Thank you for considering how you can live your faith every day in your workplace. Every day, your job is not to just stay out of trouble until Sunday. Our job is to be difference makers in our environment, to show the world what it looks like to follow Jesus. When we fix our eyes on him, that becomes more and more possible. We also need a community of people to help us do that. And Follower of One would like to be that community. We would encourage you to join us at https://community.followerofone.org.
It's an online community where you can meet other people who are in a similar occupation to you, or maybe a similar life situation. And you can help one another fix your eyes on Jesus and focus beyond your trials so that you can glorify Christ in the marketplace. Thank you for being a marketplace minister and thank you for making a difference with your life, our actions matter.
And I'm grateful that you listened to our podcast and are working on this with Jesus in your life. Thanks very much.