“… let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith …” – Hebrews 12:1-2
If you were in the Olympics, would you stand still and just watch or would you strive with all your heart to win?
The apostle Paul encouraged Christians to race for victory as we run for Jesus.
Paul admonishes us to “lay aside every weight” which could cause us to fall.
It is easy to become distracted, and even consumed, by the things of this world. Those things might even be good and wholesome in their own right, but they can sideline us.
For instance, it would be better to memorize Scripture than song lyrics, sports stats, or trivia.
Beware the peril of remaining stationary. It is easy to forget the race we are in and to simply stand still. Let’s stay awake and keep moving forward in our journey with Jesus.
If it hinders you, get rid of it. We each have our own hindrances. Set them aside. Run your race.
Reject the negative voices within you and from the world and listen to the right voices coming from God and his Word.
Paul warned against “the sin which so easily ensnares us.” That sin is unbelief (Hebrews 11:6). Let us renew our faith by “looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.”
How do we get back on track?
Believe and look to Jesus!
God did not send us here just to run the race, but also to finish it. Let’s finish it in faith!