Are You Running the Race Marked out for You?

Hebrews 12:1: “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.”

Spiritual housecleaning occurs year round. Today’s verse says to “throw off everything that hinders.” As I recover from laryngitis, an upper respiratory infection, and bronchitis, I’ve had time to ask God what I should throw off that hinders me.

Since I can’t do everything, my focus can’t be on what others think is best for me or on “good” things. My focus needs to be on what God thinks is best for me.

The rest of that phrase says to throw off “the sin that so easily entangles.” I love life. I love people, and I want to do everything. That turns into “busyness.” God’s will for me may get lost in that busyness. Throw off that sin is right.

Once I throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, then I can “run with perseverance the race marked out for [me].” I don’t want to limp through the race. I want to run it with perseverance.

Can you identify with me? Must you get sick before you stop, catch your breath, and ask God what hinders you that you should throw off?

Have you taken the time to identify the sin that so easily entangles you? If you have identified it, what have you done about it?

How will you finish the race? Running? Limping? Crawling? Running someone else’s race?

Dear God, help me throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles me. Amen.

Application: What will you do this week to run the race marked out for you?

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