November 27th

equippedHEBREWS 12

Excess Baggage

SCRIPTURE

v1-2a “Therefore, 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, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.”

OBSERVATION

In the recent Channel 4 documentary series ‘SAS: Who Dares Wins’, recruits were told to pack a backpack to a weight of 30kg before undertaking a long run. Before starting the run the packs were weighed – amazingly (and perhaps stupidly!) some recruits packed more weight than was required. Needless to say, they struggled after a while with this additional and unnecessary burden. In this chapter, the writer of Hebrews addresses the issue of sin hindering our Christian journeys. Sin burdens us, causes us to stumble, and hinders us living as God intends. How do we try and avoid being hindered by sin? By fixing our eyes on Jesus who pioneered a sinless life and is our model of perfection.

APPLICATION

Sin comes in all shapes and sizes, and we each have our weaknesses and stumbling blocks which we struggle with. Take the opportunity to bring these before Jesus today, knowing that he has taken our sins upon himself so that we can share the burden, knowing that we receive God’s forgiveness when we come before him in repentance.

PRAYER

Father, I come before you today and admit my sins before you. I’m sorry for the ways I don’t live my life in the way you intended, and I ask for your forgiveness. Thank you for Jesus and the perfect example he is to me as to how I should live my life for your praise and glory. Amen.