"Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us," - Hebrews 12:1
We are given three instructions here in Hebrews 12:
First, "Let us lay aside every weight".
These are things in our life that are not necessarily wrong but may entangle us or hinder our effective service for the Lord Jesus. A runner does not have his fastest race in a pair of heavy boots. We can allow a job, hobby or activity to steal time and focus from the Christian walk.
Second, The scripture tells us to deal with sin that will beset us.
Beset means :
*To attack on all sides; assail; harass:
*To surround; hem in:
*To set or place upon;
*Nautical - To surround (a vessel) by ice, so that control of the helm is lost.
Dealing with sin involves confession and forsaking: a change in direction. They are to be laid aside. In Christ all things become new.
When we have un-confessed sin, we are harassed and surrounded and have lost control. Sin reigns in our bodies and conflicts with the race that is set before us.
Third, We are to "run with patience the race that is set before us".
Patience here means endurance referring to a persistent race. The race that is set before us. We do not control the course, but we are responsible for our response to the stresses and pressures of the Christian life.
You are not alone. Jesus is the author and finisher of this race.
- Pastor James A. Beatty