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A massive stadium filled with thousands of people spilling onto the aisles and almost onto the grounds. There is a slight hush that moves through the stands and you can literally hear the anticipation. All of them eager to see their favourite player set foot on the game field. Everyone has come equipped with their cheering gear. Placards, posters, t-shirts bearing the name of their star player.

Muffled sounds of excitement gently flow into the locker rooms. The room is abuzz with adrenaline, all charged up. Each and every player is ready to give their all for the prized victory. One by one, they start walking toward the entrance of the ground. Nervous yet certain that this is where they would rather be than anywhere else.

As soon as their favourite player enters the play zone, the crowds go delirious with excitement and start cheering him on by chanting his name. They have all come here to watch him lift the victor’s trophy.

Now, I want you to imagine yourselves as that favourite player to the crowds. The excitement. The cheering. The sheer magnitude of the crowd. All gathered around you. And all of them eager to watch you deliver your best play and carry the winner’s trophy.

Hebrews 12:1 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us

Most of us might never encounter the scenario mentioned above but as children of God Most High, chosen according to His eternal plan, there is a huge cloud of witnesses watching us, cheering us on and expecting us to achieve everything that God has planned and purposed for our lives. Hebrews 11 recognises all the stalwarts of faith from the past whom God chose and set a task for their lives, which they completed against all odds, inspite of all their weakness and shortcomings.

It is these stellar examples and the many more not mentioned in the pages of the Bible and millions of angels and God Himself, who are there in those stands watching you, cheering you on and wanting you and me to win as we live life every single day. They know our strengths and are aware of our weaknesses but still they expect you to win or more importantly dare to win.

Lay aside every weight and sin that ensnares us. Just as a champion leaves behind his previous defeats, injuries, current weaknesses and focuses on the game and gives it his all, so must we, have our eyes fixed on the eternal goal we have to achieve. We have to leave aside our past failures, fleeing away from temptations, and run towards the finish line.

The secret is they all know you can do it, they all see a champion in you. You may not currently feel that way but the bible in Hebrews 12:2 says 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Let’s look at Jesus, he won against all odds. I love it the way the Word says ‘Jesus , author and finisher (some translations Author and Perfecter of our Faith). He has placed you where you are today. He has written it all and He is the One who will pen your story to perfection. The only thing we have to do is get on to that field and play like a champion knowing that heaven backs us.

Jesus is our coach and trainer, our toughest critic and the biggest and the loudest voice in the cheering crowd. It is He who will place the winners’ trophy in our hands when the game is over and when we’ve finished our course with endurance. The most beautiful part is that the Bible does not mention anything about winning in both the verses. That’s because Jesus won it all 2000 years ago. We just need to play.

So. Let the games begin!

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