“Leave all that can be spared behind. We travel light.”
We’ve got a job to do. The Bible refers to it as running “the race that is set before us.” Heb. 12:1
But how can we run if we’re pulling a u-haul behind us? It’s time to dump “all that can be spared.”
There are the obvious weights: fear, worthlessness, unforgiveness, bitterness, anger, addiction, toxic relationships, etc.
But what about things we see as “good.” Perhaps these are even God-given gifts that have shifted over the years until they weigh us down and get our eyes off running our race with passion and focus.
Peter Marshall Jr, son of acclaimed author Catherine Marshall, used to give this wonderful definition of idolatry in his years of ministry:
“Whatever you think about the most, whatever you talk about the most, whatever controls your emotions—that is your god.”
Does this mean we should have nothing precious in our lives? Far from it. It simply means nothing should eclipse the passion for Christ.
Jesus is our greatest example of running the race with unswerving passion and focus. As we “fix our eyes on Jesus” other things fall into their proper order. It’s not a one-time thing either. Re-fixing our focus in this fallen world is ongoing.
Pause right now for a course correction. Eyes on the prize—Jesus.
“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, 2 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.” (Heb. 12:1-2)
Chana Keefer is a wife, mom of four and author. Her novel THE FALL (Rapha Chronicles #1) hit Amazon bestseller status in three categories: Scifi/Fantasy, OT/Hebrew & Science/Religion.
Watch for her new release, One Night With a Rock Star, coming May 2013.