Hebrews 12:1 – “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders us and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”

This is my son’s Bible verse to learn at school this week. We were sitting around the dinner table last night going over it and discussing its meaning.

The writer of Hebrews just finished the “Faith chapter.” (You have to say it in your deepest “James Earl Jones” voice.) Don’t get me wrong. The people spoken of in the previous chapter did some amazing things and showed tremendous faith. But they were also just people. People going around living their lives and BAM! God intervenes and does something totally out of left field.

So here we are surrounded by these “great…witnesses” and what are we encouraged to do? Run. Run with all you have. The writer says to “throw off” anything that might keep us from doing our best. You see, he wrote this because he knows that we all have sins and baggage from the past that is going to slow us down.

First of all, the baggage. Forgive and forget. Like Pumba, from the Lion King, says, “You gotta put your behind in the past.” Leave it there. Don’t carry it around and let it drag you down. You can’t go back and fix it anyway!

Next, that “sin”. We all have triggers that the devil is keenly aware of. You know, those buttons we hate for him to push because they get us riled up every time. The writer says don’t get tangled up in them. Don’t fall for the bait. I have to remind my daughter of this a lot. Don’t fall for the bait your brother dangles in front of you that makes you whine!

What I’m trying to say is this, people in the “faith chapter” (did you use the voice?:-) messed up on their walk with God. And God still used them. Don’t think that because you are not perfect that God can’t use you. Throw off all that baggage and don’t fall for the devil’s bait. Run. Run as hard as you can. Run at a steady pace and don’t look back. Run toward the prize – Heaven with Him.


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