by Pastor Mark Jordan
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” (Hebrews 12:1-3, NRSV)
This week we are exploring the foot race as a metaphor for living. We are to run the race marked out for us as we run for Jesus. Jesus is both the inspiration and destination for our run as we seek to run for the Lord. Let’s be honest, the longer we live, though, the more baggage we will accumulate.
Our text this week tells us to throw off everything that hinders us and the sin that so easily entangles. The imagery here is pretty clear. You need to wear the right kind of shoes and clothing while you run. Tie your shoes properly, and don’t allow your feet to get tangled or trip over your laces. Wear the right kind of clothing that breathes well and allows you to move. As we move to the spiritual metaphor, I am reminded of how Paul referred to love as the all-purpose garment we are all called to wear (Colossians 3:14).
What do you have in your life that is hindering your pace, your ability to breathe properly, and your view of the finish line? Take it off. Cast it away. Don’t allow yourself to be hindered so you can keep running for Jesus and the race marked out for you.
Prayer: Dear Lord, I confess there are times I get hindered by the baggage of life. There are also times I don’t wear the right kind of clothes or shoes, and I need to put on love, my all purpose garment. Help me by the power of your mercy and grace to run with purpose without anything hindering or entangling me. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.