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, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. (Hebrews 12:1-2; emphasis mine)Holding Steadfast to Jesus This Lent more than in year’s past, I am drawn to meditate upon the Stations of the Cross and in particular the tenth station, when Jesus is stripped of His garments. I meditate here, asking the Lord to show me what garment must I be stripped of in order to hold steadfast to Him and to the race He has marked out for me. And He has answered with:
“Strip yourself of the garment of your pride and the garment of your fear.”He’s calling me to reflect on how my pride leads me to believe that I can make it to the finish line through my own effort and will power. He’s also showing me how fear leads me towards ‘performance,’ seeking to earn someone’s approval or to avoid someone’s criticism. When I give up the belief that I can do it on my own and give up striving to run the race by my own stamina, then I find the Strength that I really need. It’s got nothing to do with me. Persevering in the spiritual race requires this paradoxical type of steadfastness that I enable, not by trying harder, but by giving up. So let us breathe a collective sigh of relief right here! Our progression in the spiritual race, thank God, is not dependent upon our own hesitant strength and courage. Of course we can’t do it on our own! And praise Jesus that we don’t have to! My race will be most fruitful when I hold steady to letting go and persevere in surrender.
Heavenly Father, as our Lenten journey continues, thank you for drawing us closer to You so You may speak Your Truth into our hearts. Thank you for giving us the grace and courage to keep moving forward into deeper and deeper self-surrender. Thank You that by Your grace alone, we will finish this race, filled with faith. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
Copyright 2019 De Yarrison
About the Author
De is a wife, mother, professional coach and women’s retreat facilitator. She is super excited about guiding women to discover the Truth of who they are – God’s chosen and beloved ones! Through her coaching practice and women’s ministry, YouAreMadeNew.com, De guides women to live life led by the Holy Spirit, and to cultivate resilience, self-compassion, and an unwavering trust in our incredible God.