Hebrews 12:1, “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance (patience) the race that is set before us”
I believe that one of the greatest tests for a Christian is to be identified with Christ and maintain the identity. The moment you are labeled a Christian or identified with Christ, the moment eyes are watching you. To this end it becomes difficult to identify with Christ when your words and actions ado not line up. We live in a world where bad news sells faster than good news and it takes one bad news to override all the good.
As believers, there will be those times we will stumble, get weak, weary, tired and even fall, however, we are overcomers because we identify with Him. When you know there are people on the lookout, you will strive to please God knowing that it’s by Him and through Him. Everywhere we go, we are to be Christians, Christ like. Yes we will have people waiting for us to fall but that shouldn’t change how we feel about ourselves a in Christ. We are not out to please men, but God who raised us from things we couldn’t raise ourselves from. Our display of His glory is not even to show that we are better than the unsaved, it is to show that we have found a Treasure. We ought not to be ashamed of who we are in Christ. When I look back where He pulled me from, I cannot but brag of Him before people. John the Baptist identified with Him and actually bragged about Christ, he said, Matthew 3:11, “ I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire”. How many waited to see John stumble? How about Jesus Himself? The Pharisees kept on trying to find fault with Him, tested Him but still they could not. How much more will we be faced with the Pharisees of today?
The bible says, “Let us lay aside every weight”, what are the weights that weigh a believer down, guilt, fear, doubt, failing to please people like you want to. Our aim is to please God through our (3W) Worship, Walk and Work. Anything we do, we do it to please Him, we shine to please Him as we also salt to please Him. We eliminate anything standing in the way of serving Him. God knows how to bring you where He wants you because He has confidence in His hands. People will only tell you of what they think but not do anything about it, God will do the opposite. “…And the sin which so easily ensnares us“, we know of those sins that are easy to fall into over and over again that we got to deal with. Sin is simply doing what God does not approve off. Very easy to sin than to stay pure but God’s standard still remains. What are we doing to deal with those sins that easily ensnares us?
“And let us run with endurance the race that is set before us”. God is not in a hurry. Yes there is a rush to get the sinners saved but when it comes to worshipping, walking and working with Him, He is not in a hurry. Ask Jeremiah who went to the Potter’s house. The Potter was busy working on clay on the wheel. He happened to have noticed the Potter taking His sweet time working on that vessel. This is a long journey that requires patience in the race, fighting obstacles and barriers on the way looking towards the mark of the high calling. It is not a race to see who will get to the finish line first, it is a race that requires faithfulness till the end. Look at it this way, the marathon runners do not allow themselves to be distracted by the people lining by the road watching them, they have a number on the chest that identifies them in the race, they keep their eyes on the finish line. Do not allow yourself to be distracted on your race by the Pharisees. Lay aside what weighs you down, repent of the sins that easily ensnares you and then continue to run with endurance the race set before you as identify with Him. Blessings Ev