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January 16, 2018, 4:17 PM

Throw it away


I sat down one day and watched Hoarders on TV. It did a couple of things for me. First of all, it made me feel really clean. I looked at my house and realized that we keep a really neat house compared to these people. Secondly, it also made me feel dirty. This one lady's house was so bad that she actually found skeletons of cats. Her house was so cluttered and messy that she had cats die in there and she didn't know it. NASTY! I look at those people and wonder why they won't throw away this stuff. Old magazines, old newspapers, broken stuff...just get rid of it. It's ruining your life! 

Yet I wonder what I'm unwilling to throw away in my own life. I'm not talking about broken furniture or unnecessary garage sale items. I mean things in my life that are slowing me down that I'm not willing to toss aside. The writer of Hebrews gives us a great challenge here. 

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. Hebrews 12:1-2

1. The great cloud of witnesses

What he is referring to is the people who are listed in Hebrews 11. These are heroes of the faith who have set a great and powerful example for all of us. When we see people who have not quit, who have overcomed great odds, and who have thrown away useless things in their life to chase better things...we can't help but be motivated. We need to be looking to people around us who can inspire us and encourage us in our lives. 

2. Thow it away

Anything that is entangling us or slowing us down needs to be put aside. Competitive male swimmers even shave their body hair to get rid of anything that might slow them down. They have taken their sport seriously and they want to win. How bad do you want to win in your life? What are you willing to give up to win? Sometimes we hold onto things just like hoarders do. They might be useless garbage, but we decide to hold onto them. It might be an addiction. It might be something that offers us security. It might be something that makes us feel better about ourselves, but is it something that is slowing you down? You really need to be honest with yourself about this. 

3. Let's go run the race

You've got a life to live. You've got things to do. You've got goals to meet. You've got a purpose to fulfill. You don't have time or energy to be wasting on things that need to be thrown off. You don't have time for worry or doubt or fear. You just done have the strength to keep holding a grudge. You need all your energy to do what God has called you to do. You've got a race to run and it requires all of your energy and all of our strength and focus. Get to running the race you've been called to run. 

4. Fix your eyes on Jesus

When you decide to throw off the unnecessary things and go run your race you will have obstacles and distractions. You will have conflict. You will have critics. You will have naysayers. You will have bad circumstances. You've got to fix your eyes on Jesus. You have to keep your eyes on him. You have to remain obedient to him even when it hurts like crazy. 

Jesus' mission was challenged many times. He even felt like giving up. He asked God if there was any other way for his mission to be fulfilled and God simply answered with silence. That silence meant, NO. Jesus had to throw off his personal, human feelings to complete the race that his Father had called him to. The same is true of you. If you are going to grow and become and the person God wants you to be you've got to be willing to throw some stuff away. 

You know what needs to go. You just need the courage to do it. 

 


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