Drop the Weight
It wouldn’t make a lot of sense for a runner to enter a race wearing an overcoat and combat boots. The weight of the coat and footwear will do nothing but oppress him from running to win.
In fact, every serious runner knows the more weight he carries, the more effort it takes to run forward and in order for him to reach the highest and best potential, he must be willing to throw off everything that slows down his progress.
First Corinthians 9:24 encourages us to “run in such a way that we may win.” When Jesus faced the lonely cross, He dropped every weight that may have kept Him from obeying the will of His Father. Like Jesus, who is our perfect example, we must be willing to do the same.
Are you making spiritual progress in your race?
What would God say is presently keeping you from being the champion He would like for you to be? Could it be old habits or addictions you can’t drop?
Or perhaps, it can be as simple as forgiving yourself or even the person who offended you.
What about fear, jealousy, guilt and anger?
The list goes on, but the point is; God doesn’t want you to carry things in your life that impedes your spiritual progress. Anything that hinders your speed is worth dropping without looking back.
The writer of Hebrews instructs us in Hebrews 12:1 to, “Lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.”
Carolyn Crow is a contributing writer and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org