“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.– Hebrews 12:1.
I have seen a lot of signs at races. Signs displayed by spectators motivate runners, they entertain us, and make the miles go by faster.
One of the race signs I have seen several times contains the last sentence of the verse from Hebrews above, “And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.”
It’s the first part of the verse, however, that tells us exactly how to run with endurance. We need to let go of sin. Sin weights us down, trips us up, makes our legs and our heart heavy.
Theologians as disparate as Paul Tillich and Alister McGrath have described sin as separation or estrangement from ourselves, from each other, and from God.
Overcoming this estrangement is not possible to achieve by hard work, mental discipline, or perseverance. It is only possible through grace. Yes, grace allows us to throw off the weights and run free and with endurance.
There is a lot of sin in this world, alienation is rampant and detachment abounds. But there is more grace. Grace is everywhere. A profusion of grace, lavishly showered down on us every second of each day.
Grace enough to make us light, to allow us to run our races, to be free. What can we accomplish once we accept this grace? What is slowing us down today?
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