since we are surrounded
by such a great cloud of witnesses,
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.”
Everyone who has ever been on a long hike will understand the handicap of trying to carry too much baggage. So it is with our Christian walk – our journey with Christ.
There will be things that we have accumulated over the years – attitudes, habits, associations and indulgences – that slow us down. They may even prevent us from experiencing to the full the love and intimacy of the Lord, and fulfilling His desire for us.
Some things are easy to lay aside when we recognise them. Others may be more difficult. Some we may not wish to lose. Yet Jesus made it clear that we cannot have two Masters. He could also have said that we cannot have two Lovers – as in the Great Commandment. Until we make the choice, and invest our lives in the One great Love, we will be our own worst enemy.
We need to make the decision. The Lord will help us implement it if we ask Him.
Tackle your excess baggage one piece at a time. Pray for guidance and help. Keep at it.
Lord, please help me to recognise and lay aside the things that weigh me down and distract me in my journey with You. May You increasingly become my all in all and my great eternal Love. Amen.