Hebrews 12:1-2
"...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. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith..."

Monday, March 28, 2011

Weight Vest and Ankle Weights

Hebrews 12:1-2 (above)

(*Thanks to all you women in my Bible study group for allowing me to share these thoughts last week and give you visuals.  I know it was pretty comical to watch me put on the weight vest and strap on ankle weights...I could tell by your heckles cheers of wanting to see me run.  I do love you each of you.)

When we become a believer in Jesus Christ, we enter a spiritual race.  The Bible tells us that our race is marked out for us (period).  We each have our own individual race--there is no substitute runner, there is no alternate.   I can't run your race and you can't run mine BUT we each choose HOW we will run the race.  

I think running is hard...really hard.  At times, my spiritual race is hard...extremely hard.  God has directed my run on paths that I would have never chosen and never desire to be on again.  So, if running is already hard, why do I often times choose to make it more difficult?  The verses above say that I am to throw off everything that hinders.  See, too often I allow things to control my time, my thoughts and my emotions that shouldn't.  These things hinder growth in my spiritual life and my pursuit of God.  They would be similar to me choosing to put on a weight vest and then attempting to run.  My running would be hindered beneath the weight.  In a short time, my running would turn into walking and eventually I might even stop and quit.  It's a race, so why would I want to do that?   

And then, if that weight vest wasn't enough...in steps sin.  Sin acts like ankle weights.  It grabs on tight trying to hinder my forward progress.  Ankle weights slow down my pace, trip me up and sometimes even cause me to fall.  

The Bible says to throw off the weight vest ("everything that hinders") and the ankle weights ("the sin that so easily entangles) and run!  Running is still hard, but it will be so much easier if I would take heed to the wisdom in these verses.   I'm competitive (I grew up with 3 brothers!)  I want to run my best possible race.  Run with me!  Let's throw off the "weights", run with perseverance and keep our eyes on the prize---Jesus!

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