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Playing Dead!

Text:

Hebrews 12:1-4 “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, 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.

3 For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls. 4 You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin.”

Thought:

I have three dogs, ranging from large (about 100 lbs.), to medium (about 30 lbs.), to finally tiny (about 9 lbs.). The smallest of the dogs is also the oldest and because she does not have the energy the others have she does not always want to play with them.

Since this alone does not deter the other two from wanting to play with her, whenever they become rambunctious, she roles over and plays dead. Soon they tire of trying to get her to play and go away.

This is a successful tactic for an older dog; but can it be a successful tactic for a child of God through Jesus Christ?

Certainly not!

Can we become “Weary” (K.J. – “Faint”), or “Discouraged” in the face of a perverted generation, our own weaknesses, or our own persecutions?

That’s the real issue isn’t it! There are too many children of God through Jesus Christ, rolling over and playing dead. In the face of a perverted generation and their own wishy-washy appreciation of all that God has done for them, they simply roll-over.

“I’ll let the preacher worry about it, or the elders, or anyone but me!!!”

Whether the Apostle Paul spoke of our lives as a race, or illustrated it in the form of spiritual combat (warfare), there was never a time when it was ok to shrink from our God given responsibilities!

1 Corinthians 9:24-27 Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. 25 And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. 26 Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. 27 But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.”

2 Corinthians 10:3-6 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, 6 and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.”

Uniquely, the Christians of Corinth earlier and the Hebrew Christians of Judea later had much in common, especially concerning “Playing Dead”. Note the similar Divine warnings:

1 Corinthians 16:22 If anyone does not love the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be accursed (“Accursed” from the Greek, “Anathema” and carries an understanding of a sentence pronounced). O Lord, come! (From the Aramaic, “Maranatha” and is understood as the certainty of a thing)

Hebrews 10:39 But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.”

Stop playing dead, and find real life by having the mind of Christ Jesus as a pattern!

Hebrews 12:1-2 “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, 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.

Run with Endurance!