"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."
Hindrances and entanglements; we are supposed to get rid of them, but did you ever stop to think what they are? What are the things that keep us from being all that Christ has called us to be? I am going to suggest five things; you may think of others:
1. Guilt - "I'm not worthy, I'm not
worthy!" Well, of course you're not! Neither is anyone else. Christ
doesn't call us because we are worthy, He calls us because he wants to make us
useful vessels; faithful servants. †It isn't about what we've done or havenít
done, it is about His glory!
2. The need for approval - If we work for the
approval of men we are always disappointed. You can't please everybody (and
maybe not anybody)! Anyway, it isn't about making everybody around us
happy, it is about His glory!
3. Fear of failure - Fear of failing
really flows from a lack of faith in God's ability to finish what He started. I
read somewhere that "He who began a good work in you is able to
bring it to completion." So it isn't about what we contribute, it is
about His glory!
4. Resentment and anger - Most of the time,
the seeds of resentment and anger are planted when we don't get our way. Now we
know better than that! Going our way or getting our way is the sure way to
stray from the good path! It is a foolish sheep thing! Anyway, it isn't about
our will - us getting our way, it is about His glory!
5. Materialism - Bigger, better,
and faster; that's what we all want all the time isn't it? Well there is
nothing wrong with good things. However, they can't be what drives our life.
His kingdom and His righteous come first. When they do, everything else falls
into its rightful place. It isn't about our stuff, it is about His glory!
Please excuse me a minute while I try to get untangled . . .
Pastor Keith Andrews