“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize?
So run that you may obtain it.” – 1 Corinthians 9:24
The writer of Hebrews reminds us all too well that we need to lay aside every weight and sin.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1–2)
Runners not only need to untangle themselves from weights that may slow them down, but they need to also remove things from the track that may trip them up!
As a Christian, the good things in life may slow us down, but sin will stop us dead in our tracks–it will trip us up. You had better learn to treat sin as sin would treat you! Sin will be merciless to you, and you need to be merciless to sin.
2 Timothy 2:19 says “Let every one that names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.”
Is there any unconfessed sin in your life that is tripping you up today? We should learn to pray Psalm 139:23-24.
Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting! (Psalm 139:23–24)