Sometimes, us as Christians, get too comfortable with sin being a part of our lives. We allow it to hang around, rationalizing that the key is just not going fully into a life of sin. We develop a thought in our minds that the error is just falling away from the Lord and embracing sin.
What we may not consider is the effect sin is having upon our example for Christ. Consider Hebrews 12:1-2:
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”
The writer is encouraging Christians to run the race of faith with endurance. Playing off of his race analogy he suggests that Christians should “lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely.” He is warning us that sin can slow down our progress! Yes, sin can cause us to quit the race and be disqualified, but we must realize it can also hinder us from being all we can be for Jesus!
We must not let sin cling to us and weigh us down. It harms our witness and discourages our service. Christ has a great purpose and plan for our lives. It is a shame when we let sin perpetually keep us from our full potential. Satan may not have you soul, but he accomplishes at least part of his mission, when he slows you down and mars the image of Christ within your life. Let’s cast the sin off and run without restraint!