To endure our trials and straighten up
The previous days we have read about all these great people who died in faith. We also got to see that they did not get [receive] the things that God promised His people, but they saw them coming far in the future [L from afar] and were glad [welcomed/greeted them]. (Hebrews 11:13)
In this godless world we can not find many interested in God. We do know that there shall not be many willing to run the race being set-before them with endurance while looking-away toward the author and perfecter of the faith — Jesus — who endured an impalement for the joy being set-before Him, having disregarded the shame, and has sat-down at the right hand of the throne of his heavenly Father, the Only One True God. (Hebrews 12:1-2)
As followers of Christ we do know that we shall have to endure our trials for discipline. Working at ourselves we may hope that God is dealing with us as with sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? (Hebrews 12:7) Around us we may have find others who also like to be brothers and sisters in Christ, who are pleased to find guidance in the Word of God and to find discipline in our community of partakers of the Body of Christ.
We do not want to be illegitimate children of God but by Christ, believing that he is the son of God and that he prepared the way to God of us. We also want to be sons of Jesus his heavenly Father and are willing to undergo His disciplining for our benefit. (Hebrews 12:8)
In the Scriptures we can find those who went before us. We can consider those men of God as our forefathers. They were fathers of our flesh and we respect them as discipliners. Dome of them wrote the Words of God down, so that we could learn from them. As such we got Words to edify us and to help us to come and stay on the right track. From that Word we can learn the most important matters so that we would not stumble. His Words are disciplining us for our benefit, so that we may share-in His holiness. (Philippians 1:10; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 12:9)
Therefore let us straighten-up] the hands having been slackened and the knees having been made-feeble], and let us be making straight paths for our feet, in order that the lame part may not be dislocated but rather may be healed. (Hebrews 12:12)
Around us we may see lots of people having doubts about the Creator and not exactly knowing if Jesus existed or who he was or is. Many, who call themselves Christian, have made Jesus into their god and do not spend much time in thinking about his words nor in reading the Words of his heavenly Father. We can see therefore that many people have weak and dislocated thoughts, tired hands and weakened knees, not sure which direction to go. It is up to the spiritual brothers and sisters of Christ to show those lost ones the way and to make straight paths for their feet, so that what is lame will not be dislocated, but rather be healed.
At no time we should neglect to take on the right attitude and to pursue peace with everyone, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord. We also should take care that no one falls short of the grace of God. We also should take care that no one growing up like a root of bitterness shall cause trouble, and by it many become defiled or may the community defiled.
Lots of people around us may have a very ‘loose life’, even may be sexually immoral or be a totally worldly person like Esau, who for one meal traded his own birthright. For we know that also afterwards, when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, because he did not find an occasion for repentance, although he sought it with tears. (Hebrews 12:15-17)
Around us we may find people who do not like us or who want us to follow their human dogma‘s. We should stand strong in the storm and prefer to follow the Biblical teachings. The Word of God has always been what it is, talking about an unshakable kingdom. Let us have gratitude, through which we may worship God pleasingly, with reverence and awe. For indeed our God is a consuming fire.