Scripture for Today: Hebrews 12:1 “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, we must get rid of every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and run with endurance the race set out for us,”
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Our verse for today talks about being weighed down in a race. The race is metaphor for the Christian life. It is to be run with our eyes on Jesus, who is the Leader and Source of our faith. The cloud of witnesses is a reference to all the great women and men of faith in the previous chapter. They are our examples and our goal is to run in faith as they did.
Being slowed down by sin is something I can understand. What the “weight” might represent can be any number of things that are neither good nor bad in themselves. What might be a weight for me may not be a weight for someone else. The point is not so much what it is, but what it has the potential to do….slow us down.
What is slowing me down? Am I distracted looking at the other runners? Am I bothered by guilt for my past? Am I plagued by doubts? The following verse tells me I am to keep my eyes ahead on Jesus. Lord, help me run unencumbered and focused on You!