Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. – Heb. 12:1-2 NKJV
As we keep looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, He removes the burdens that weigh us down so we can run with grace the race set before us. We must lay aside anything that hinders our progress. Things that used to be light becomes heavy when we follow the Lord. This laying aside is casting off completely, not a temporary release but a permanent one.
We only discern some weights when their heaviness increases and becomes unbearable. So heavy we must put them down. When we are dealing with many weights, we struggle to find a balance in our lives. Everything we do turns out to be difficult. The overwhelming sense of getting buried under the encumbrances drives us to despair. It’s often at that moment that we cry out to the Lord and receive freedom.
As we lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily ensnares us, the weight of the glory of the Lord increases and empowers us. He helps us run the race freely and not quit. It is not a sprint; it’s a marathon. The only weight increasing in our lives should be the weight of the glory of God, and that from glory to glory!