“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.”
Hebrews 12:1 NLT
If you’ve been a Christian for very long, you have probably come across this verse. I’ve heard many teachings on it, heard different parts of it quoted so many times, and even seen a few tattoos inspired by it (not even kidding)! But today, when it came up in my daily reading, something jumped out at me that never had before.
The author says that, to run this race of life with endurance, we must cast off every weight that slows us down, especially sin. Wait a minute. What would make something a “weight” and not a “sin”? I checked a couple other translations of the verse. The NIV says “everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles”. The NASB says “every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us”. Clearly, the author wanted to make it clear that we must do more than just not sin to successfully run this race. We must lay aside anything that will slow us down. And those things may not necessarily be sin.
It got me thinking, what are my “weights” and “hinderances”? What do I do that isn’t technically sin, but could slow me down in my walk with God? I’m sure it is different for everyone. Social media can be fun and engaging, but can also lead us to be antisocial or to compare ourselves with others. Working hard to move to the next level in our job can lead to success and lives changed, but can also become so consuming that we forget what we live for. Loving another person is one of the most wonderful things God has commanded us to do, but putting that person before Jesus can lead us down the wrong road.
The good news is, we don’t have to do it all on our own. If we spend time with God in His Word, and surround ourselves with like minded people, the life of a Christian can be one full of grace, support, and encouragement. We don’t have to be perfect. All Jesus does is ask that we follow Him, and He gives the wisdom we need, one day at a time.
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