Scripture: Hebrews 12:1
“…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.”
This is one of my favorite verses in the entire Bible. Couple things I like about it:
1) It shows our sin not as separating us from God, but as something that hurts us. Our world is a “do what feels right” world and religion is often seen as a rule-touting, no fun kind of mechanism. But God doesn’t want us to sin because He’s the Sin Police. He doesn’t want us to sin because He knows the damage we do to ourselves when we do sin. Not only does our world see God as the Sin Police, but many Christians do as well. We need to see our sin the way God sees it – as damaging our lives and those we love.
2) Second thing I like about this verse is the analogy to running. I once ran a lot. Not so much anymore (about 9 miles a week is all presently). In running three marathons in my life I’ve come to understand this verse even more clearly. Endurance doesn’t mean you beat your personal best or run as fast and hard as you can. It means you keep going, you don’t give up. And even in those moments where you have to stop and sit down, eventually you get back up and start running again. The older I get the more I understand that life can beat you up and endurance is so important.
1) it’s ok to sit down every once in awhile
2) keep getting up, don’t become overwhelmed to the point of exhaustion
3) rely on others more than I have in the past
4) see God as a loving mother who doesn’t want us to hurt ourselves in our sin
5) stay away from things that entangle and trip me up
Jesus, I need a new perspective on the wrongs I commit. Do a deep work in me of living a life of purity and holiness, not out of ritual or legalism, but out of the revelation that my life will be increasingly more fruitful and beneficial. Give me the strength and determination to run when I’m tired, to keep going when circumstances scream at me to give up. I need you and can’t do life without you.