Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
In every good book or movie, you will find the same formula. Every scene, every chapter, every line, and every action all point to the obligatory scene - the scene towards which all is culminating. Anything that doesn’t lead to that scene or lend to the advancements towards it must be removed so that the focus remains clear.
In Star Wars, it is when the Death Star is destroyed, and the Empire is defeated. We see it in Toy Story when Buzz and Woody go from enemies to friends and finally make it back into Andy’s care. Everything leading up to these scenes shows the journey that it takes to arrive but never distracts from the main point of the story.
We are intrigued by the conflict, saddened by the heartache, encouraged in the triumphs, and overjoyed in the fulfillment of the promise the story undoubtedly, yet subtly, gives at the beginning. This promise is different from story to story, until you start to read our story.
So what is our end and our hoped-for promise?
Every Christian is eagerly waiting for one thing, to see Jesus face to face. Whether we live until He returns, or He takes us home, we will one day see Jesus.
The Westminster Catechism sums it up beautifully, stating, “Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and enjoy Him forever.” Everything in our lives, every scene, chapter, line, and action must point to that. The end that we look toward is not the end of the quarantine or the end of any other trial or circumstance in which we find ourselves. Our purpose is found in Jesus, and everything in between is our opportunity to point to Him.
There is no better time than now to fix our eyes on Jesus. I love what John Owen said about seeing Christ, “No man shall ever behold the glory of Christ by sight in heaven who does not, in some measure, behold it by faith in this world.”
Herein lies our reminder: press on! Today, many find themselves with more time than ever before. Everything has stopped, and this has filled their hands with opportunity. Others continue with work, perhaps in different ways, but work nonetheless. Christian, whether you have an abundance of time or not, use your life to point towards the end to which you have been called and the end to which you have been promised.
Let us live now in such a way that we can look back on this chapter of our lives full of conflict, heartache, and triumph as a season that pointed to God. Be diligent, lay aside encumbrances, don’t get tangled up in laziness, and be amazed at the story God desires to write for you.
“No trifling in this life of mine;
Not this the path the blessed Master trod;
But every hour and power employed
Always and all for God.”
- Author unknown