Series: Running toward the Prize. #2. “What’s holding you back?”

Series: Running toward the Prize. #2. “What’s holding you back?”

The Great Depression generation of the 1930s didn’t think as we do today. Jobs were few, money was in short supply, and resources expensive. Theirs was a make-do culture. Meals and clothes were made from that which was available and waste was not tolerated. Broken things were repaired and borrowed things were expected back. Those who lived to see it were horrified at the throw-away society of the last 40+ years. Those depression years affected the way they saw life for the rest of their days. For better, they tended to be frugal, but for worse, they could be overly risk-averse. The following generations rejected their ideas as a hindrance to progress. In material terms, ‘Hindrance’ is a subjective term. The minimalist believes that optional extras only get in the way. To him, having more than the bare essentials is tantamount to hoarding. However, the average person is happy to have more than enough and doesn’t appreciate their possessions being viewed as an impediment to meaningful progress. Lots of Christians are hindered by lots of things.

That which the Christian possesses merely reflects that which is within. That is why Jesus told the Rich Young Ruler to give everything away. His money and possessions held him back from giving his heart fully to Jesus.

Running toward the prize comes with wise instruction: “Let us also lay aside every encumbrance” (Heb.12:1).

This is anything and everything that impedes your spiritual progress.
You must:
*Throw off negative and judgemental attitudes.
*Cast aside the worries of this life.*Free yourself from the chains of doubt.
*Disentangle clinging desires. *Release yourself from evil companions.
*Harbour no resentments.
*Cling on to no idols.
*Unburden yourself of past guilt.
*Drop the need to be always right.
*Rid yourself of a lying tongue.
*Strip off that cloak of deception.

The goal is to run unhindered toward the prize of heaven. Anything that slows you down can trip you up. Get rid of it.

John Staiger


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