Let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up.
—Hebrews 12:11, NLT
Do we need a road sign to turn from what is wrong? If we ever want to finish this race of life well, then we are going to have to let go of the things that keep us from running a good race. What is the thing that holds us back? What weighs us down? What is hindering our progress? If we ever need a sign or a wake-up call, then this verse in Hebrews is it. Two words stand out–weight and sin. Sin will not only weigh us down. It will destroy our relationship with God and keep us from discovering His potential. We will miss the promise of His blessing that lies within the grasp of a repentant heart.
What in your life weighs you down? It can be anything from a sinful habit to a relationship you are in that is not healthy. It can be a negative attitude that keeps you from reaching for God's grace. Perhaps you are allowing a hurt from your past to dictate your life, and hold you in emotional bondage. But whatever your sin–whatever your unhealthy relationship–whatever your emotional pain, you are weighed down by its oppressive yoke. Jesus Christ wants to take it away if you will let it go. There is freedom in Him. He has extended an offer of a new heart and life to you.
Allow the road signs that Jesus brings into your life to point you in the right direction toward His altar and a hunger of heart for more of Him. The weight of sin—the weight of an unhealthy relationship—the weight of emotional bondage that has defined your life—the weight of oppression—take these burdens to His altar and leave each one there. Never settle for less than the best that He has for you. Let go of the weight, and leap into His arms. Be free of what has encumbered and held you in its bondage. He waits.
©2017 Lynn Lacher