Read: Hebrews 12:1-2
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, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
It’s been several years now since my oldest son first introduced me to Tim Keller from Redeemer Presbyterian in New York City. I don’t remember the title of the sermon, but I remember the general delivery and thoughtful manner of Keller’s voice.
Since then, I’ve read many of the books Keller authored including, The Reason for God, Making Sense of God, Counterfeit Gods, and a favorite, The Prodigal God, taken from the parable of the Prodigal in Luke 15. I am grateful for his writings and he has helped me personally to articulate the Truth to others. I can recommend each of them and have given out copies of several of these books to skeptics and unbelievers.
So, I was saddened to hear today (Sunday) that Keller announced a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. In typical Keller manner, he made a few specific requests –
- Pray that God would heal him so that the “cancer would regress to the point of vanishing.”
- That God would use this to increase the desire for God’s presence above everything else for both Tim and Kathy Keller.
- For his family to be comforted and encouraged.
- For limited side effects from treatment so Keller can continue to write and speak
Keller summarized the verses above with this thought –
“Running the race set before me with joy, because Jesus ran an infinitely harder race, with joy, for me.”