Let us lay aside our Weights.
Hebrews 12:1 “Wherefore, seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,”
First, let us consider these weights. Just what are they?
These weights are anything, and everything, that hinders us Spiritually.
External things, that we can drop or lay aside.
To run well, you should not be burdened with anything.
Good things or bad things. For often we can be entangled in “good” things, to our loss; as well as those “bad” things, which we know, are not for us.
Those duties that God requires at our hand, cannot be considered weights.
Weights are those things we have a choice in.
These weights are things in our life that are not necessary for our walk in Christ Jesus.
They do nothing to help, and even though we may not see it at the time; they do a lot to hinder. They get our eyes off of Christ and on to a goal that He has not sanctioned.
Some of our friendships may be weights. Certainly, our failures from the past, present or future, may be weights. For if we have confessed them, and forsaken them, they are to be set aside; and we are to go on with Him.
1 John 1:7-10 “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth us from all sin.
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.”
Walk in the Light, confess your sin, and stay with it till you know you are cleansed.
This ” cleanseth” is for yesterday, today, and tomorrow. It is always there to be had of us. We are cleansed and made new, every time we come to the fountain of His precious blood to be forgiven and cleansed.
Don’t try and run with the burden of your sins, for your race will be hindered.
And this is what the writer of this letter is saying to all who would be recognized in Heaven for there walk of faith.
Lay aside every weight.
Drop them, to run with patience the race that is set before you (and every Christian).
This race is not a hundred yard dash; but a long distance run.
So pace yourself, by knowing your Lord is running with you; next to you, in this race.
This is your race; not someone else. It is your faith He wants to increase in love, joy and peace. It is you, He is interested in; for that is why He saved us.
It is those that complete the race, that are crowned. He is not looking for speed, but diligent endurance. It is a going along, day after day.
Hebrew 10:35-36 “Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward.
For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.”
And what promise is this? I believe it is the promise of His Almighty presence.
Yes, I believe He is always with every believer.
But it is also true, that not everyone “feels” His presence, at all times.
And so, I believe that the promise here stated is that you will know Him with you, as you need Him to be, in every situation.
We should all seek to the Lord, and His light, that He might show us what are the weights which hinder us.
And as He does, let us quickly lay them aside; for they hinder our race, our fellowship with Him, and our receiving the promise of His Mighty Presence, in our everyday lives.