Take the Weight Off

Therefore, since we also have such a large cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily ensnares us. Let us run with endurance the race that lies before us, Hebrews 12:1 HCSB

In one of the episodes of the television show “The Biggest Loser,” the contestants who had lost the most weight were required to pick up weights equal to the amount of weight he or she had lost and carry the weight in a race against the other contestants. The extra weight was cumbersome and caused them to slow down. The point of the exercise was to show the contestants that they really did not ever want to gain the weight back they had lost because it would be a hindrance to them in doing any activity.

This verse in Hebrews reminds us that sin is like a weight that slows us down. Sin ensnares us and keeps us from doing what we know to be right and from bringing glory to God. We are all on the race of life. It began when we were born. Life will bring many challenges and Satan will strive to ensnare us and keep us from accomplishing our goal of becoming more like Jesus and bringing honor and glory to God.

Challenge: Of what in your life do you need to rid yourself? What is keeping you from serving the Lord? Pray that God will reveal the entrapments that need to be shed from your life and the pursuits that you need to take up to bring glory to God.

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