“Such a large crowd of witnesses is all around us! So we must get rid of everything that slows us down, especially the sin that just won’t let go. And we must be determined to run the race that is ahead of us.” (Hebrews 12:1, Contemporary English Version)
We have a responsibility to move forward, to progress, and to make a difference. We are being called to a higher goal than merely slogging through the days, settling for less than what is freeing, right, and healing for us and for all. Don’t think for a minute that you are not one with a mission, for indeed you are. And it is a divine intention that is powerful as well as individually satisfying.
This “large crowd of witnesses” Paul speaks of here are those inspired prophets and spiritual seekers who have actively testified to Truth with their very being. These biblical leaders as well as those in our own era, are proof of the Principle—that Truth of God as All, as good, and as Love.
Will we merely leave what they have given us untended, unexpressed, because we don’t believe we are good enough, ready enough, or motivated enough? Or will we trust that what these inspired ones have declared and proved is our model going forward, and that our gratitude for this gift is that we keep it alive?
What is it that slows us in this race, this confident journey forward in doing good, as God guides us individually? The “sin” that won’t let go is our buying into a belief that we are separate from God, attracted to evil, full of guilt and shame. Let’s drop that baggage. It is the lie about you and it is the lie about God. He made you to shine, to bear witness to His Christ, His ongoing purpose to shine light in the darkness and awaken humanity to their true goodness, harmony, and freedom!
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