An athlete does not wear bogus or excess clothes while running. He/she strips down to very light clothes no matter how cold the weather is. Even during winter, you can never see an athlete wearing winter clothes during a race. Excess clothes will slow down an athlete during the race.
The same thing applies to our Christian race. We need to strip down and get rid of every unnecessary weight and everything that slows us down, and the sin that so often makes us fall. This unnecessary weight could be anything in our lives that would slow us down. This unnecessary weight may not be a sin but if it slows you down and hinders your spiritual growth, then you have to get rid of it and remove it from your life. For example, watching TV and having a social media account is not a sin but if it hinders your spiritual growth, then you need to remove it from your life. Other things that can slow us down are emotional baggage, ungodly soul ties, holding unto the past, pains and hurt, bad friends and wrong company/associations. And so, we need to remove from our lives, all these things that slow us down, whether they are sins or not.
The Scripture says in Hebrews 12:1b,
“So we must get rid of everything that slows us down, especially the sin that just won’t let go. And we must be determined to run the race that is ahead of us.” (CEV)
“So then, let us rid ourselves of everything that gets in the way, and of the sin which holds on to us so tightly, and let us run with determination the race that lies before us.” (GNB)
“So we, too, should run the race that is before us and never quit. We should remove from our lives anything that would slow us down and the sin that so often makes us fall.” (ERV)
Notice that the Scripture says “the sin that just won’t let go,” “the sin which holds on to us so tightly” and “the sin that so often makes us fall.” That means that we may not enjoy committing those sins but those sins won’t let go, they want to remain stuck to us. But we don’t need them as they slow us down.
This sin could be unforgivenesss; where even after forgiving an offender, you still find yourself having hateful feelings towards the person much later. For some, the sin is stealing. They steal even insignificant things, things that they may already have and do no need it. For some, the sin is telling lies, they don’t enjoy telling lies but they keep doing so. For some, it is sexual sin. They don’t enjoy committing sexual sin, they feel guilty after the act, but they so often fall into it. For some, even though they have prayed about these sins, the sins just won’t let go, they keep holding on to them so tightly. You must get rid and remove from your life every sin that doesn’t want to let go and makes you fall so often.
How can we remove from our lives those things that slow us down? How can we get rid and remove from our lives those sins that hold on to us so tightly and just won’t let go?
The way out is through Jesus Christ. It is in Jesus Christ that we draw strength and power to get rid of those sins. The Scripture says in Ephesians 6:12 that our fight is not against human beings but against the wicked spiritual forces and spiritual powers of evil in the heavenly places. We have to be prepared because we’re up against far more than we can handle on our own. We need to take all the help we can get from God to be victorious against the battle with sin. To be able to stand strong and successfully resist the enemy’s attacks of sin, we need to put on the whole armor of God. The whole armor of God consists of:
- Truth (personal integrity and moral courage). Ephesians 6:14
- Righteousness (an upright heart and right living). Ephesians 6:14
- Peace that comes from the Good News. Ephesians 6:15
- Faith as a shield to stop the arrows that the devil shoots at us. Ephesians 6:16
- Salvation. Ephesians 6:17
- The word of God is an indispensable weapon. Ephesians 6:17
- Prayer is very essential in this ongoing warfare against sin.
“Do all this in prayer, asking for God’s help. Pray on every occasion, as the Spirit leads. For this reason keep alert and never give up; pray always for all God’s people.” Ephesians 6: 18 (GNB)