05 Oct Hebrews 12:1; Isaiah 1:16-17

Hebrews 12:1

12 Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,

Isaiah 1:16-17

“Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; Remove the evil of your deeds from My sight. Cease to do evil, 17 Learn to do good; Seek justice, Reprove the ruthless, Defend the orphan, Plead for the widow

We need discipline; especially if we encounter persecution. The same commitment is required of this generation as it was for those who have gone on before. If we are going to be the committed people God demands us to be, we will have to get rid of excess weight. If you are wondering what I mean by that; many of us have too many irons in the fire; too many dissipating interests. Too many branches suck energy from the tree and keep it from being its very best, so we must throw off or rid ourselves of anything that would hinder us in running the race. Things like sin, habits that hamper movement, and affluent lifestyles. We put these things off by the power and authority of Christ, so we can run the race marked by pain, where endurance and determination are needed to overcome our aching desire to quit. Comparison and busyness are two things that can distract us from a life that is singularly focused on Christ.