What’s Weighing You Down?

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Hebrews 12:1-2 (ESV) 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, 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

I love the Olympics and one of the exciting events are the races.  Have you ever seen the athletes dressed in heavy clothes and boots, running in each other’s lanes, and looking at those around them?

No, they are trained athletes, prepared to run with the lightest clothes and shoes they can possibly wear.  They stay in their own lane and are focused on the finish line to win the gold medal.

I am reminded of all the men and women in Hebrews 11, examples of faith, who ran the race before us.  We can be intimidated by all these examples, and think,” how can I ever measure up and run my race”?

Well, one little word that caught my attention in Hebrews 12:1 is also.  It says, “let us also lay aside every weight and sin which clings so closely”.  That little word tells us that they had to lay aside the sin and weight that would keep them from running just like we need to.  So instead of being intimidated, we can be encouraged by their examples.

Running the race is literally living the Christian life.  Sin is rebellion against God’s rule, putting ourselves in the place of God as Savior, Lord and Judge.

Weight is anything that hampers our forward motion, to get in the way of, or to obstruct and interfere.  It is any habit, attitude or belief that keeps us from experiencing God and all He has to offer.

Can you even imagine trying to run a race weighed down?

I can.  Weights I have to throw off are fear and insecurity.  I know that these weights can keep me from following the path God has called me to, allowing Him to use me and fulfill His purpose in me.

We have to run without the weight, and God tells us in verse two how we can do it.

It is only by looking to Jesus who is the founder and perfecter of our faith.  It means “fixing our eyes- to turn the eyes away from other things and fix them on something else”

An example of this is when I teach childbirth classes or coach a birth as a doula reminding the mom in labor to  “fix her eyes” on a focal point or have a single minded focus, looking forward to the end result, the birth of her baby.

In the same way, we need to keep our eyes on Jesus, looking to Him to show us the sin and weights in our lives that keep us from running to the end. When we get our eyes off Jesus and look at ourselves and our circumstances or even others around us we are weighed down and can’t enjoy the race.

When those fears and insecurities come, I look to Jesus to be reminded of who He is and who He says I am in Him. By focusing on His word in passages such as Ephesians 1 and Romans 8, and dwell on what it says, then I can confidently throw off those weights and continue the race.

Do you have weights you need to throw off?

Spend time with the Lord, asking Him to reveal the things that weigh you down and keep you from running your race.  As you become aware of any sin and weights, throw them off.  Then you will experience the freedom and fullness that only God can give. He is the one who started us on our race and He will help us finish.

The finish line is eternity with Him and so much better than winning a gold medal.

“To hope in God is to fix your eyes on Him and His promises rather than your own personal circumstances, no matter how difficult they may be.  If God is the source of your hope, it will never fail because He never fails “ Nathan Busenitz

“Lord, thank you for putting us in the race and that we are not in it alone, you are right there with us, leading and guiding.  Please show us the sin and weights that weigh us down, keeping us from experiencing your freedom and joy in the path you have for us. As we become more aware of our sin and weights help us quickly throw them off, and run with endurance our eyes fixed on Jesus, Amen”

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About kimlenon
Welcome to Inside Out! I desire to offer encouragement and resources to help women live their lives Inside Out because God changes us from the Inside Out! I have been married to Dave for 39 years. We have 3 children and 8 grandchildren. My passion is to teach women how to study and apply God's Word.

6 Responses to What’s Weighing You Down?

  1. A BIG amen to this post today! Love how we both wrote about the race & how our eyes need to fixed on Him! More and more I am seeing, there is no hope, apart from Him! Let’s finish the race strong, my sister! Strong! Courageous! Arm in arm!

    Blessings from UNITE, ~ Jen

    • kimlenon says:

      Hi Jen,
      It is so true, we need to keep our eyes fixed on Him! There are so many distractions that can rob us of the joy in the race when we look around.
      Finishing strong with you because of Him!
      Blessings, Kim

  2. Love your post! I am actually studying Hebrews right now and landed in chapter 12 this week. Have you ever read The Message translation of that one chapter? It’s so good 🙂

    • kimlenon says:

      Hi Stephanie, Thanks so much for stopping by and your comments! Isn’t Hebrews such a great book to study! I have not read this chapter in the Message, I will do that today.
      Blessing, Kim

  3. kim says:

    Perfect timing for me to read your post, Kim. Thank you for the inspiration to drop that which is weighing me down!

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