Why do we run this race of life with weights. Spiritual weights are things in our life that are not necessarily sinful, but they hinder us from living at our highest level and can lead to sinful behavior (wasting time, eating out every night, working in and around the church, but never getting to Bible study, and a full worship service, being nice to your friends but never sharing the gospel message, etc.)?
Why do we run this race of life with outright sin in our lives (a list of common sins back in Bible times and today is found in found in (I Cor. 6:9-11).
In Heb. 12:1-2, God gives us a liberating word about running this race of life with a sure victory every time: Run lite with a clear focus on Jesus.
Take off the spiritual ankle weights, take off the sin, take off all the drama that hinders you and keeps you tripping and falling on your face, falling financially, falling into sexual immorality, falling back into addictive and compulsive behavior, falling into depression and discouragement, falling back into unhealthy relationships, and falling and falling, and falling. Take it off and run lite!
The cool thing about Heb. 12:1-2, is once we take stuff off, and start running lite in the race, we feel good, and we learn not to look back and grab stuff we left behind, and we look to Jesus, and we lean toward Jesus for victory.
Run lite today, do not look back (let it go!!!!), and run like crazy to and for Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.
Pastor B Kennedy (MZO)