We have to reach a point when we will finally decide to do what needs to be done – but until then, we will hem and haw. There are plenty of excuses to be made.
There is an old, beat-up sign out by where I live attached to a local chiropractic office that says the following: “In order to change, we must be sick and tired of being sick and tired.” It was this sign that after driving by it for years, made me realize one morning late last year that I needed to do something about my serious struggles I was having in regards to sin. I am with most people when it comes to change – I don’t like it. It is hard – but it was a puzzle that I had not been able to really crack … until recently. And even then, I am not so good at it.
I have a book, and in it it referenced the first verse in Hebrews chapter twelve of the bible. “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.” My book called this ‘Running Light’, and tried to really focus on how, if we really want to live God’s way of life, we must ‘throw off’ or ‘get rid of’ or ‘chuck’ anything that hinders us. We must run light.
It was at this time that I realized that I needed to chuck Facebook. I about birthed a cow at the prospect (I was just about to cross the 1,000 friend mark), but I eventually came to. Facebook did not matter – what mattered was running light.
Then my book referenced another verse, Romans 13:14, where the bible says, “But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof.” The flesh – the tendency of our bodies to love what is wrong, and hate what is right, in God’s eyes at least. So many things fall into the flesh – Galations 5 has a whole list – but they are contrasted with what a person that runs light has: the fruit of the spirit also found in Galations 5.
One of my friends that helps folk in Nigeria says the locals there have a phrase: “Life here is hard”. The phrase is true, but its main purpose is to give reason to why they fulfill the lusts of the flesh. Do we in America use that same thought process? I know I do … even though I have been called out by God, and given amazing riches of money, blessings, a good job, a great family, and forgiveness when I ask of God – I still have to run lightly. This Christian walk is one we have to take step by step and day by day.
May you decide this Sabbath day that it will be a day that is ran lightly!