12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.
14 Do everything without grumbling or arguing,
17 Join together in following my example, brothers and sisters, and just as you have us as a model, keep your eyes on those who live as we do.
20 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.
Philippians 3:20 – 3:21
12 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, 2 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. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
Hebrews 12:1 – 12:3
We’re not meant to walk alone through life. Being in community while pursuing our calling, both spiritual and practical, creates a place where we know we belong. We have our people we can count on and to whom we can be available when they have a need.
Locking arms with like-minded people makes our journeys that much more achievable and fulfilling. We’re citizens of Heaven, eagerly awaiting Jesus’ return. But until then, we daily choose to rise up, enter in, and live out our calling with passion and purpose.
Our journeys to Jesus and Heaven will be marked by joy, success, hardship, loss, and exhaustion. It can be easy to feel the weight of life and grow weary from discouragement. But when we surround ourselves with friends headed in the same direction as us, we can find encouragement and help along the way. We share our burdens through prayer and speak truth over each other’s lives as needed. Sometimes, we just need to be reminded who we are.
Whose we are, and to go for that finish line! We need each other for that.
Living out our callings requires that we press on, throw off anything that hinders, stay in our lanes, and run hard to the finish! We need the local church; a family to lock arms with as we run this race! Who can you reach out to and encourage today? And if you’re not currently connected to a church, maybe now is the time to plant yourself and build alongside those running in the same direction as you!