Are you tired and weary? Of struggling for peace and harmony in relationships? Of work? Of making a living? Making a life? Of getting off an addiction (not necessarily on drugs)? Do you feel you are burning out? There’s no more zest to go on? I have. Many times.. There is often a feeling of wanting to stop… hoping it would end… soon! I’m not the suicidal type. But when life gets too difficult sometimes, I wish and pray: Jesus, please come sooner.
What are all these struggles about? Why the feelings of weariness? How come so burdensome? ‘Travel light’ is a good mantra when going on a journey. It is cumbersome to be lugging around heavy baggages. It is especially true when one has to go up and down staircases. So with life. Heavy loads weigh us down. We easily miss the train. We are hindered from moving on – faster and easier.
Is it even possible to travel light? Of course, it is. Just look to the jet setters. They rarely do check-ins. They put everything in a carry-on luggage. These seasoned travellers pack the essentials only. They know what they need and what they don’t need.
The Bible taught us same principles in our spiritual journey through life.
1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
The great cloud of witnesses is found in Hebrews 11. They are the great men and women of faith “33 who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies. 35 Women received back their dead, raised to life again. There were others who were tortured, refusing to be released so that they might gain an even better resurrection. 36 Some faced jeers and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. 37 They were put to death by stoning; they were sawed in two; they were killed by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated— 38 the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, living in caves and in holes in the ground.”
These people threw off everything that hinders them from obeying God – the sin that so easily traps and weighs us down.
They persevered in their goals, hanging on to the promises of God. Today, Christians are called to the same path. We need to fix our eyes on Jesus. He is the example of true obedience to God, the Father. Jesus endured the shame and suffering on the cross to fulfil God’s salvation plan for mankind. Jesus now sits at the right hand of God in heaven. When we fix our eyes on Jesus, when we remember how He suffered and persevered to the end, it is God’s promise that we will not grow weary. We will not give up.
28 Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
29 He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;