Running the Race

Have you ever caught yourself using the word, “hindered”?

“I was hindered from completing my goal; I was hindered from going out of town; I was hindered by bad weather.”

Websters describes hindered as, “to make slow or hamper the process of; to hold back.”

Can you imagine an Olympic runner going for the gold while wearing a back pack or ankle weights? The runner would certainly not have anything that would hinder him/her from running the race.

We are in a race called life and we must not let anything hinder us from reaching the finish line.

Hebrews, chapter 12, verses 1 and 2 says, “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. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

The phrase ‘everything that hinders’ translates a word that only occurs here in the New Testament. It means, any kind of hindrance, it doesn’t speak only of sin. The writer of Hebrews is saying there are good things that can hinder us.

What is it that is hindering you from being all that God has called you to be? Perhaps you  have some unconfessed, private sin that you are hiding. Maybe your priorities are not lined up with God’s heart. Perhaps it is not even sin, it is something that is just not God’s best for you.

It only took a moment for some of you to think of something(s) in your life that is hindering the power and fullness of God. Join me today in reflecting and repenting. God has this amazing plan and purpose for our lives. Let’s run the race He has for us!

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