Are You Feeling Weary or Faint?
“Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.” (Hebrews 12:3, ESV)
Professional athletes often wear body weights when they exercise to help them build muscle strength, stamina and endurance. They wear the extra weights during training, but discard them before the game or race. They know the extra weight will wear them down and reduce their speed and agility.
I’ve come to realize many Christians wear extra weights as they run the “Race of Faith.” Why? Based on discussions with clients, it appears that Satan plays the butler every morning. He is happy to supply the weights as you dress for your day. The weights come in different sizes and categories that range from light, moderate, heavy, severe, and unbearable. They even have names that include: pride, arrogance, envy, jealousy, anger, hurt, embarrassment, resentment, unforgiveness, despair, depression, hopelessness, guilt, shame, and condemnation.
Why do we accept these weights and wear them throughout our day? Don’t we realize that these weights will inevitably wear us down, cause us to become tired and weary? In fact, until we remove them, they will eventually cause us to cave in, give up, and quit.
Paul reminds us in this verse, the humiliation, torture, and brutal crucifixion that Christ endured on the cross settled this issue of weight once and for all. The weight of our sins, guilt and shame came to rest on Jesus. He voluntarily accepted the weight for us that we might have freedom.
Child of God, the “Race of Faith” lasts a lifetime – it never ends. We must run in all sorts of weather and conditions. It’s a race of endurance that will test and push even the strongest Christian to the breaking point. We can only run this race in His strength. Jesus wants you to know the race will be hard, but you can do it. He will help you. Remember, tell Satan “No” when he offers you the weights. Tell him Jesus carries them for you and keep on running!
Lord, thank you for the sacrifice ofJesus on the cross. Jesus, I am thankful that you took all of the weight and burdens of my sin. Help me to run the Race of Faith in your strength. I know that your grace will enable me to cross the finish line and win every race. Through the blood of Jesus and in the name of Jesus I pray, amen.