Throw it off...
“Therefore since we are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race that marked us for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2
The writer is making a very good point here. In his last closing chapters in Hebrews, he challenges the readers to endure the hardships of life and think of Christ. Knowing that Christ suffered much for our sins the beckons the readers to put things in perspective of our lives. Nothing is more important then the life dedicated to Christ, and that He won the battle and now let us run like no other. To “fix our eyes” is an indication the he writer wants the readers to focus in upon the things of Christ. That is to focus in and hone in on what is important. To focus in upon the Lord and to run the race that is set before us.
For me when I read this it brought me back to outrigger canoe paddling. When I was training our coach often would but a tire on the front of the canoe to slow it down and force it to not be able to glide across the water. It is tough, it strained our muscles and it made us go slow. But when coach took off the tire, we were able to glide across the water. There was a noticeable difference. In my life I see it sometimes how my sins, like the tire in for the canoe, slows me down and tires me out. I wonder how much more I can do for God if I were to just chuck off the sin that is holding me down. I like how the writer says that you need to throw off your sin, and then begin a race of perseverance. I want to do that, throw off some of the sin that easily entangles me so I can run. However, it is a two step process. So once your leave your sin behind your race isn’t a sprint, but rather an enduring run. Much like a canoe paddling long distance race. You have to be to last hours and hours and it isn’t easy. In this case we must last till we get called home. Life often can get me caught up in things worthless things, or even the good things are not easy to do. I get tired, frustrated, and worn down. It is going to take the grace of God. I know this, like the writer says, if I focus in upon Jesus, the race will be a race of focus. You see the goal, you see the end. Lord knows what is behind the corner, and life is a race, but to focus in upon God is what is needed to endure.
Lord thank you for the reminder. I pray that you help me to focus in upon what is important and break free from the sin.