June 2, 2008
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.
The Christian life is not a 100-yard dash—it’s a marathon. It shouldn’t be lived in stops and starts, but like a great marathon racer running hard all the way to the finish line.
Finishing a marathon requires a tremendous amount of discipline, hard work, and endurance… just like the Christian life.
And according to today’s verse, one of the keys to being able to endure a long and challenging race is to lighten your load!
In daily life, it can be easy to take on unnecessary burdens. Maybe they are tasks or worries or negative attitudes… but they’re things God doesn’t want you to bear. Likewise, areas of sin will hinder your capacity to run the race.
So let me ask you, are you carrying any unnecessary burdens or weights of sin that you need to lay aside?
Freedom from these burdens will enable you to endure the race before you with joy… and get you over the finish line!
TO ENDURE THE MARATHON OF THE CHRSTIAN LIFE, YOU NEED TO BE FREE OF UNNECESSARY BURDENS AND WEIGHTS OF SIN.