Mound Visits, 4/24/21
Have you ever run through a wooded area with undergrowth or a field that has not been tended for several years? If you have, you know that you stumble, trip and get tangled up in briars, roots and vines. That’s what sin does to us in our journey with Christ. I’m speaking, unfortunately, from experience. Even though God loves me, the entanglement of sin and shame impedes my journey. It robs me of the blessings God has for me if I press on in faith. The writer of Hebrews encourages us to “throw off” everything that keeps us from the joy of walking closely with Christ. Throw it off and then run with freedom and perseverance!
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, 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, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”