“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. 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” (Hebrews 12:1-3).

We end this week where we began. The passage from Hebrews details how we need to remove obstacles that keep us from following Jesus. Some of those obstacles are obviously harmful. Others, however, are not so clear. The author focuses on two areas:

  • Let us throw off: (1) Everything that hinders and (2) The sin that so easily entangles.

“The sin that so easily entangles” is part of the obviously harmful. However, the “Everything that hinders” can be negative, but not necessarily so. There can be good things that we need to give up in order to follow Jesus.

Finally, the author of Hebrews admonishes us to “Fix our eyes on Jesus.” If we maintain a proper focus, it makes following so much easier.

How do you stay focused on Jesus? What potentially blocks your view?