Lay Aside and Run
Daily Devotional for January 3rd
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us 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, Hebrews 12:1
Is it possible that Christians today don’t experience the full potential of purpose in their lives due to things that keep them held back? The reason why most of us cannot run this race for Jesus is because we have many weights in our life. Our own will hinders us so much. The desires to do our own thing; our aspirations on a career etc., all of these things can become very besetting to us. Do you believe that God has a greater plan for your life than you do? Most people in the world would disagree, but God created us and knows your purpose better than we do.
Interestingly enough, the writer of Hebrews says to lay aside every weight and the sin that doeth so easily beset us. If weights must be laid aside before your race can be started, then it’s obvious that these are things we hold on to that prevent us from God’s purpose in our lives. Most of us claim that we can’t run because there are things in our lives that hold us in bondage or keep us against our will. But the truth most of the time there is not a chain holding us back but it is our choice to hold on to those things that keep us beset. This is why the verse says lay aside and not ask God to set you free. The choice is in your hands. Weights are mentioned here separately from sin revealing to us that even though somethings in our lives are not wicked, they can still keep you from running your race. Like a hot air balloon cannot lift into the atmosphere it’s intended to fly in, neither can we friend. Your purpose in the kingdom is to soar to greater heights in God. Like a prisoner cannot run with a ball and chain, you can’t either. If we keep this chapter in context with what’s already been written in the previous chapter, we must understand that unbelief is still being addressed. The sin that besets us is unbelief. Can you lay aside unbelief? Can you choose to believe God? Unbelief will keep you shackled and weighed down. Running with patience requires faith. Don’t let unbelief keep you held back. Choose today to trust God and believe His promises. He is for you!