– Hebrews 12:1
LAYING ASIDE THE WEIGHT
I used to run track in high school and we had these ankle weights that allowed us to build up our leg muscles, but when it came time to compete, we took the weights off because these weights would slow us down. Wearing them, we wouldn’t have a chance to win the race. Sin has the same effect in our running the race with perseverance, so the author of Hebrews tells us to “lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us” (Heb 12:1).
RUNNING WITH ENDURANCE
The author of Hebrews has already told us to lay aside every weight of sin that slows us down and to run the race with endurance. We can’t endure long in our race if we’re carrying the weight of sin, so focus on putting it all aside and running with endurance, and even when you fall down (as we all do), get back up and keep on running.