Therefore, since we are surrounded by such 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 marked out for us. Hebrews 12:1
In this life we are in a race to finish, just look at a gravestone it shows you the dash mark of life right between your birthday, the beginning of your race, and the finishing date of your race death. What is done between the birth-date and death-date is our own personal race, a testimony of ups and downs, love and laughter and so on.
As I sat in Church on Sunday morning I listened to the pastor talk about running the race. His message encouraged me and I want to share my thoughts and beliefs of what his message conveyed to me and encourage you too, as you run your race.
The pastor’s message was not about the, “rat race of life” you know more money, more education, and more debt, those things that trip us up to make us lose peace and keep us un-satisfied.
The Pastor encouraged us in our spiritual race; the faith race in Christ to keep pressing in keep going even when the path of least resistance seems far off and the echoes of the rat race life tries to tangle us. The words run baby run echoed in his message.
1 Corinthians 9:24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.
This is where I want to encourage you. In Hebrew 12:1 were given two vital warnings that will hurt your race. The warning if not taken into account will trip you in your race.
1. Throw off everything that hinders.
2. And the Sin that easily entangles.
Let’s look at the first warning throw off everything that hinders you, those things that will hinder your destiny. One of those hindrances we can look at in Galatians 5:7 You were running a good race. Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth?
As we can read in Galatians 5:7 it says WHO cut in on you. Basically, who did you let in, who did you let get involved in your life that only came to trip you up and set you running in the wrong direction. Enemies are not a respecter of persons the principalities use your family, friends, co-workers and your own church leader, to trip you up, so you will throw in the towel. My motto is never let them see you sweat, use that towel to wipe the sweat off your brow and keep running. There sent in to fatigue you to slow you down. Have you ever had someone leave your house and after they left, you felted stressed and fatigue?
Need more proof that family members are used in wearing you out, here is a sobering scripture.
Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household. Matthew 10:34-40 (KJV)
It is amazing how many haters you get when you follow your destiny, when you get in your own lane to run your race in Christ. Remember vengeance is the Lords just keep running. Throw off that which hinders you; it might get lonely at times, but think about how much faster your pace will become and how effortless task will be completed.
The second hindrance to your run is places, we all know that there are places we need to avoid in running are spiritual race, there are just some places that will rob you of your hard work and effort and it will leave you busted and discussed, if it hinders do not enter. The Lord promises a way out if you want to escape.
The third hindrance is things; this is all the wants that money can buy. I read online about a man that spends 2.7 million on security I cannot imagine.
The sleep of the laboring man is sweet whether he eat little or much, but the abundance of the rich will not permit him to sleep. Ecclesiastes 5:12
Things of life are nice to have, but when it steals your peace it will trip you up. I will take the road of moderation and comfort and if I ever became abundantly rich, it will be without a third or fourth house on an island somewhere, so much you could do being a Good Samaritan with it.
Let’s conclude there are three hindrances that will trip you up in your race.
The second warning was about the sin that easily tangles us. The sin that easily tangles us comes when we allow the people, places and things to trip us up to the point we fall into full-blown sin.
Christ died once and for all of us, and through him we can stand and run even when we hit a wall. Ask anyone running a marathon race they will tell you, you will hit a wall, where you feel like you just blew a tire (figuratively speaking) those are the times you need to take the towel and instead of throwing it in you need to wipe your brow, take a deep breath, say a prayer and enter back into your race stumble free. Stay in the race. God has your journey mapped out, he has your reward, run the race that he has set before you, don’t look back. Stay on course, as you run by those people that hinder you, as your run past places that are dry and parched, and finally run past those things that look good on the outside, but rot you inside. RUN.