Daily Devos (January 13th)

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin that clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.” — Hebrews 12:1

You can’t run (or even enjoy walking) with rocks in your backpack, DUH! It’s tempting at times to pick up the rock of bitterness or the rock of man’s approval and put it in your bag. These rocks are usually beautiful and deceptive. We think we need them. In our heads we know carrying this extra weight is foolish, but it’s a slow process. First we start with a small pebble of pride, next a larger stone of shame. Sooner or later we’re out of breath and not prepared for the road ahead.

Christ never intended for this weight to follow us. It could be guilt, jealousy, busyness, anger, vanity, whatever — He wants to carry it for us. He’s got the strength, unlike us. There is so much freedom without the weight of sin.

Today, don’t fall into the trap of self-victimization or pride. Let go of the things that keep you from running the race set before you. Freedom awaits!

-Written by Elizabeth Dailey, one of your fellow ORU students