Saturday, August 29, 2009

Lace 'em Tight

Can you imagine running a race carrying multiple heavy bags? Maybe I should just ask, can you imagine running, period? :) I always think of that image when I read Hebrews 12:1-2--a runner, trying to reach the finish line, carrying a heavy load. The truth is that we all do that in our day-to-day.

The author of Hebrews instructs, "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, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith..." (12:1b-2a)

Our race is not on a trail or track, it is a race of faith. Our weight that slows us down is sin. And our eyes are to be set on the glorious finish line--face to face with Jesus.

The author continues further in the chapter by explaining how God disciplines His own children, as a faithful Father. He does this to show us the way of freedom. But it is our choice whether or not we shed the sin which ensnares.

It is also our choice where to set our eyes. Are we looking at the temporal or the eternal? A dear friend and mentor shared a quote with me yesterday (from a book I cannot remember--forgive me). She said, "I want to be a thermostat, not a thermometer." You see, a thermostat has a temperature which you set. No matter the conditions, the temperature remains the same. A thermometer, however, changes based upon circumstance. I want to be a thermostat.

The way we stay the course, running with endurance this race of faith, is by setting our eyes on Jesus. Our God is faithful. He is working. He sees your every tear. He knows your every thought. We must let go of those chains of control and allow Him to move. Trust His heart.

So, how goes your run? We are all in process, so ask Him if there is a sin ensnaring you. Then lay it aside--in the power of His strength--and set your eyes above. He is so worth it, friend! There is joy and peace for your journey.

For further nourishment: Hebrews 11

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