“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 …. .. Hebrews 12:1 (NLT)
One of my favorite verses. Hebrews 12:1. It has been one of my favorite for years.
And yet God keeps showing new things.
This time, it’s the little “and.” Not the big “And,” but the little one.
For years, I think I’ve overlooked the first “and” … with the result of thinking that only sin is what God is asking us to throw off.
But it’s not.
Don’t get me wrong — sin definitely slows us down. As the verse says, sin “entangles” and therefore keeps us from running our race well … or sometimes from even running at all. Sin needs to be thrown off.
But then there is the “and.” Let us throw off everything that hinders AND the sin….
There are things that hinder us that aren’t necessarily sin. God wants us to throw off those things too.
Maybe it’s a negative attitude. Maybe it is fear. Maybe is a bad habit. Maybe it’s as simple as inertia. But it is holding you back.
Whatever is holding me back from what God wants to do in and through my life — those are the things God wants me to throw off. It doesn’t have to be “sin.”
And so I ponder. What is hindering my pursuit of God physically … mentally … emotionally? God wants all of me. What might be hindering me from giving all of me to Him?
It doesn’t have to be “sin.”
Won’t you ponder with me?