Toward the end of a season of
The Biggest Loser, there’s always a challenge where the contestants have to carry around all the weight they’ve lost. “All you have to do is climb this mountain,” Alison says sweetly. “The catch? You’ll be carrying around every single pound you came here with.” That makes for a fun challenge to watch, but can you imagine if the contestants chose to carry around that extra weight with them just for the heck of it? That would be crazy, right?
But spiritually, we do the exact same thing.
“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…” -Hebrews 12:1-2
God’s forgiveness sets us free from sin. God’s power sets us free from worry. God’s comfort sets us free from fear. God’s acceptance sets us free from insecurity. So why do we still carry those burdens around with us? We fall into the traps of sin, worry, fear, and insecurity. Often it feels that those are inescapable, and we fall into an even worse trap of being unable to forgive ourselves and step into our identity in Christ.
We cannot run the race of the Christian life with those burdens on us. But the good news is, it’s not our job to lose the weight, per se. Jesus has already taken it away; we’re the ones who foolishly pick our burdens back up again. I’m not trying to say that Jesus has taken away all of our problems, but He has taken away any need to worry or feel insecure or unloved.
So the next time you’re confronted with fear or the feeling that you’re not good enough or a sin that seems to be just too much, remember that Jesus carried that burden for you on the cross. Then… throw it off. Whatever is holding you back from drawing close to God, from meaningful relationships, from loving who you are – throw it into the garbage can as fast and as hard as you can. We are not meant to struggle under the burdens of guilt, fear, worry, and insecurity. We are meant to walk in forgiveness, freedom, and confidence. So go ahead and throw off everything that makes that impossible and take the next step in this crazy awesome journey, depending on Jesus all the way.