Have you ever stopped and thought about what the writer of Hebrews was saying as he began chapter 12? He said, “Let us lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily ensnares us.” Those are two phrases that should get our attention and cause us to care- fully evaluate our lives. Those divine words from the lips from our Lord will determine the direction of our lives, and determine whether we’re fulfilled or frustrated.
We are to “lay aside every weight.” That is something we are to personally do. What are you carrying that God never intended for you to carry? What unnecessary baggage have you added to your life that is keeping you from serving the Lord with gladness? It may be an activity, a questionable relationship, a personal desire or possession that you’ve picked up. It has now become the priority in your life, and you’re not even aware of it. It is weighing you down, consuming you and keeping you from experiencing the fullness of Christ. Lay it down and grab hold of God’s truth, the unsearchable riches of Christ. Would you get alone with God, meditate on these words and ask, “Lord, what weight should I get rid of?”
The second statement is even more thought-provoking. We are warned against the“sin which so easily ensnares us.” We think we’re strong, mature and invincible. However, we’re not only a target, we’re an “easy” target! We seldom think about it, but sin attracts us, it draws us like a magnet and then it “easily ensnares us.” Listen to what Paul said writing to Timothy, “and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.” (2 Tim. 2:26.) You may want to read that again. When this occurs, we find ourselves knowing what we should do but not doing it. If this continues, we become spiritually insensitive and ineffective. We’re like a puppet in the hands of the enemy.
“But thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Cor. 15:57). Are you sharing your faith, being a mentor by equipping young believers and serving the Lord with the gifts that He has given you or are you sitting and satisfied? God has promised to give us victory, but we must “lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily ensnares us.”
I love the words John Bunyan wrote while in a prison cell, “Oh, God, keep me back from being like a painted fire that has no warmth, or a painted flower that has no fragrance or a painted tree that bears no fruit.” He was saying I want to be real, genuine and authentic.
May we be authentic followers of Jesus Christ and come together as a healthy body of believers impacting the Triad with the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ.