People who follow Jesus have been preceded by some of the most remarkable people in history: Abraham founded a religion which is massive in scope and breadth. There are billions of people who follow the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Moses delivered an entire people from slavery despite Pharaoh and the people themselves. Solomon is often cited as the wisest person who ever lived.
In recent times, there are numerous saints that serve like Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Teresa, or a host of others. Many have founded hospitals and schools. Many have championed justice, cutting deep into the heart of sex trafficking and drug abuse. Many have died to tell people about life with Jesus.
It can be easy to get discouraged and think that you have to perform at an incredibly high level to please God. This is not the case. Jesus' work is enough and complete. We need not lift a finger because he will accomplish it all. However, if we do not take up the task, we will miss out on the amazing things that God will do and would do through us were we to simply show up.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses,
let us also lay aside every weight,
and sin which clings so closely,
and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
looking to Jesus,
the founder and perfecter of our faith...
The Christian life is more like a marathon than a race. In a race you have to be fast. In a marathon, you have to finish. You can be a super slow runner, but if you persevere, you will still end up running 26 miles -- a monumental accomplishment. If you persevere in your Christian walk, you will accomplish monumental things too. This is part of God's work in you.
This is part of a series: Reflections.