In Hebrews chapter 12 we are to that the Christian life is likened to a race that we run. In order to run affectively we need endurance. The race we run is long distance. We are running to glory. There is a course mapped out for us by Jesus. There are things that will impede our progress. There are things that will cause us to stumble and fall. Sin is a sure way to not finish your race well. Compromise with the world is a definite hindrance to your spiritual stamina. Therefore the writer of Hebrews exhorts us to "strip off" anything that would slow us down.
The runners in ancient times would wear next to nothing in order that they could run faster. They would train vigorously in order to compete and win the victors crown. Imagine a long distance runner carrying a mountain hiking backpack as he attempted to run. He may be able to run for a short time but eventually he will have to stop.
Yet some today seek to run the race of life carrying all they can. Some will live in sin and seek to run the race for the Lord. They don't realize they are running the wrong direction and that they are not even on the right path. Then there are those who run with the weights of the world tied to them. They name the name Christ yet at the same time they are embracing and feeding upon many of the delicacies of the world that sap their endurance.
Let's ask ourselves the question this morning. Don't you want to finish well? Don't you want to run hard? Paul said "run to win". Due to the weights and sin we can carry we only run to run. Man, I want to finish well. I want to run the race faithfully. I want to hear my savior say" well done good and faithful servant."
Is there anything today that you need put aside that is hindering you from running your race?
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