As we keep looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, He removes the burdens that weigh us down and allows us to run with grace the race set before us. We are to lay aside every weight. It’s not placing it somewhere so we can pick it up again, but utterly casting it off.
The weight is not always a sin; it can be anything that hinders our progress. The heaviness of some weights increases just to cause us to put them down. Weights are not always easily discerned. They are recognized when our undivided attention to the Lord is hindered and gets in the way of our beholding Him. As spiritual athletes, we cannot carry extra weight. There cannot be too much of anything or there will be an imbalance. Even too much of a good thing can tip the scale and hold back the best God has for our lives.
God, the vinedresser, prunes the best branches so they can produce more and better fruit. Laying aside the weights is part of this pruning. This pruning unburdens us so we may run the race freely. It is not a sprint; it’s a marathon. Endurance and determination must overcome any desire to quit. The only weight increasing in our lives should be the weight of the glory of God, and that from glory to glory!
Hebrews 12:1-2 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.