Ready. Set. Go!
let us lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily ensnares us. Let us run with endurance the race that lies before us,
Hebrews 12:1 (HCSB)
When our children were small, we would pile layers of clothes on them and tell them to race, as fast as they could, from one room to the next so they could receive a prize. They would stumble; tripped by the weight of the excess baggage that tangled their legs and drug them slow. Frustration would set in and their focus turned to the outer garments that interfered with their abilities. We would then remove the heavy clothes and tell them to run the race again. With nothing weighing them down, their hearts and eyes became set on reaching the finish line and receiving the prize. Joy would come as they leaned and pressed with an unhindered ability that gave a swift run. Our point in the game was to show them how sin weighs us down, tangles us in the faith race, and keeps us from running our best.
Our race is God’s will set in the stadium of the world.
Jesus says we are to remove the impediments of our lives; sin that entangles us and weights us to the world. Our transgressions wreath themselves around our hearts, souls, and our minds. They keep us from running our best in Christ-freedom and they steal our focus away from the prize of seeing Jesus face to face.
I have excess sin-weight in my own life that needs to be shed; the mending of a relationship, the further humbling of myself under my husband’s authority, and the correction of words that have been carelessly spoken.
I know what to do;
I have been trained in faith and trust through God’s readied grace and swift mercy.
Today, I am going to repent and ask for forgiveness. And the One who takes away the sin of the world will renew my strength. With persistence in doing good seeking glory, honor and immortality I will be given the prize of eternal life.
Are you running your best race, released from the burden of sin? If not, don’t waste another moment restrained in your advancement. Cast it off today and be freed to run your course with the best of God’s abilities, in you.
The finish line is really just the start.
Can you think of a time when you felt the weight of sin in your life?
How did it feel when that sin was removed?
What was the result of being freed?
Lord, I lift this race to You and ask that You reveal the sin that keeps us from running our best. Fill us with the wisdom and strength needed to cast off the transgressions that weigh us down and steal our focus. Jesus, help us to run and not grow weary as we keep our eyes on the finish line of eternal life spent with You.
Further Reading – Luke 21:19, Romans 5:2-5
Praying you Live Like You Know …where you are going.
Strength to Strength,