That is the phrase from Hebrews 12:3 I am going to try and persuade you with today. To consider Him today. And forever.
In the past several years, I have been through quite a bit of internal battling. Nights of crying, yelling at the Lord, frustration, anger from how I’ve been hurt, wanting to give up because the weight of sin is too hard to bear. I’ve allowed a lot of fleshly thinking and a carnal mind to be the way I confront things — rather than surrendering myself and laying it at Christ’s feet in humble weakness and desperation. I have a struggle with being able to recognize and know that I will have to endure a lot of things to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Because of that, it weighs down a ton of other things on me that bring me back to the place of wanting to give up fighting. But, here is where I get to the phrase, “Consider Him.”
Consider Him. Consider Jesus. Look to the cross. Jesus endured unimaginable pain that was not deserved and it was all for you. Read that again. It was ALL FOR YOU. So that YOU may not grow weary or faint-hearted. So that in your struggle against: lying, stealing, adultery, pornography, disrespecting parents, anger, selfishness, same-sex attraction, sexual immorality, gossiping, idolatry, drunkenness, jealousy, etc. you have a Savior who has endured hostility for you to receive His victory.
The endurance is not in vain. The trials are not in vain. The suffering is not in vain. The discipline is not in vain. Consider Him. He who bled, had nails hammered into his hands and feet, suffocated by blood slowly making its way into His lungs. Out of all of that — He was victorious! How much more will become of us when we have Christ by our side? “In your struggle against sin you not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood (Hebrews 12:4).”
If we continue reading Hebrews 12, we see the reasons we should consider Him, why we are being disciplined, and where it is all going to lead us. God is going to discipline you. Let that sink in and EXPECT it. Verses 8-9 says, “If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirit and live?”
So again, consider Him today. I beg of you. Consider Him. None of what you are going through will be in vain — if you do not give up. The discipline, the trials, the sorrows, the suffering, the weight of sin — Christ suffered so you would not give up. We are not fighting and enduring FOR victory. We are fighting and enduring TO victory.
Consider Him. Do not give up. Look to His ways. How He walked, talked, suffered, and all the endlessly beautiful and glorious things I challenge you to seek that are in Him. Fight for those things. Choose to endure in your endless pursuit of all that Jesus is. I leave you with this, “And let us not grow weary in doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up (Galatians 6:9).”
Hebrews 12:12 says, “Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed.”