Mar 4th 2021 · Day 63
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It is over half a century since I won my first athletic event, an occasion I still remember fondly. I wore what were known as daps, shoes made out of canvas and rubber, and cotton shorts and T-shirt. Since then, many champions have come and gone and much has changed. Training methods, facilities, equipment are all very different. But then, so is the clothing! One of the greatest areas of technological advancement in sport has been in clothing. In the search for an extra fraction of a second in terms of time, or an extra inch in height or distance, every last ounce has been taken! This leaves us with a very relevant question: ‘Do I pursue God with that same vigour and desire?’
We are told in Hebrews 12:1 that we should ‘lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely …’
The difference in sport between a champion and a ‘weekend warrior’ is a mixture of ability and dedication. The pursuit of Jesus is possible because of the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit, but it only bears fruit when we are dedicated to that pursuit. If we are truly dedicated, we will reduce what we are carrying. So it is worth thinking about what that might be. Pride, unforgiveness, compromise, love of the world, personal ambition, habitual sins all slow us down and hold us back as we pursue Him.
What extra weight am I carrying unnecessarily that slows me down in my pursuit of Jesus?
Pause and reflect: Heavenly Father, help us today to lay down those things that You never designed us to carry. Help us to ‘run with endurance the race that is set before us’ (Hebrews 12:1).
Alan and his wife Paula have been a part of Victory Church since 2016. They have served in a number of different ministries and locations during that time. They are both also a part of Prayer Centre Wales and share the passion for prayer to return to the heart of the nation.
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