Pain and Hardship (Hebrews 12:3-7)

This contest all the saints have struggled in.
Though we have not yet spilled our blood for sin.
The Holy Father fosters within us,
A holiness to make us like Jesus.
So, brother, don’t belittle His rebuke,
Let difficulty draw you to the truth.
For pain and hardship are the price of sin,
They heal the saints, while rebels waste in them.
Remember, too, that Christ gives our reproof,
And He will not desert you through and through.
The fact He finds you worthy of His rod,
Is evidence that you are loved by God.
So persevere when persecution comes,
For God desires that He makes you sons.

Run (Hebrews 12:1-2)

Run with endurance the race that’s before,
Casting aside all that hinders.
Sin takes your throat and turns it from the Lord,
Clinging and stinging,
When you try to run as a winner.

Run knowing you are surrounded by saints,
Taking up heart by their witness.
Spur one another to keep in the race,
Striving and vying,
Brothers with you struggle in this.

Run with the weight of the cross on your back,
Only that weight gives you victory.
Christ at the fore making up what you lack,
Bleeding and pleading,
Strengthens when you’re running weakly.

Christ ran the vanguard, and He blazed the trail,
Finished by His own blood draining.
With joy took the cross, through the pain He prevailed,
Spurning the cursing,
Now with His Father is reigning.

Perfected Together (Hebrews 11:39-40)

The saints of older times obtained
Through faith a testimony claimed,
The promise was not shown,
Perfection yet unknown,
They spurned the world for heaven’s gain.

For blessed are those who do not see,
God’s end design for history,
And yet believe the word,
Which all the saints have heard,
And trust in Christ entirely.

And when God brings all to His end,
We will not be apart from them,
The saints of old and you,
Together are made new,
As Sons of God perfected then.