Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us; Hebrews 12:1
The fire of God only consumes what is on the altar.
You’re in a race! Accept, embrace and love yourself. If you lose yourself, you will lose your way.
The Lord told us in Hebrews 12, that we should run our race with patience. We should be rooting for ourselves, not tripping over things. Is there something slowing you down?
The word says to lay aside every weight, which tells us that we are in control of doing so. It means we are to lay aside fear, guilt, shame, pride, condemnation, hypocrisy, arrogance, competition, offense, doubt, perfectionism, lust, self righteousness, gossip, and so on. Then the word speaks of “the sin“, meaning the sin we are all born into. Remember Adam and Eve: they passed on the symptoms of sin to every human being on this earth. We were born separated from God. We missed the mark without knowing there was a mark! We were all children of disobedience BUT GOD sent His son to redeem us from the curse of the law. We were dead in our sins and transgressions, but Jesus gave us a new nature.
Once Jesus comes into our hearts, we instantly become new creatures. We’re like seeds, the Spirit of God has planted His Spirit within us. By the Spirit we begin to grow roots, leaves and eventually bear fruit or bloom flowers. Through the power of the Holy Spirit we can lay every weight and the sin which causes us trouble, which constantly threatens us!
After telling us to run with endurance, and to let go of weights and the symptoms of sin; the following verse tells us, keep your eyes on Jesus! We can shift our focus from Jesus, to self: from what we do right to what we do wrong: or from being children of God to being who we were. We are no longer who we were!
With Jesus, we are new creatures. You can become a new creature when you accept that Christ died for you to be made new! Ask Jesus to become your Lord and Savior, and walk in the newness of life!
Father God, I thank you for the weights and symptoms of sin you reveal. Thank you for consuming them, and taking our burdens. I pray for those people who do not yet know you, may they recognize you as the God who makes them a new creature and gives them a new beginning. Reveal yourself to them, and help us all to lay aside every weight and all sin. In Jesus name, Amen.