As I read my In Touch ministries devotion God spoke deeply to my heart. I read the above verse in Hebrews and was excited….”Yes God! This is what I want!” I exclaimed. “I want to run that race!”
Yet, I believe I was overlooking an important part of that verse. A little part about something weighing me down maybe? But I read on to the next Bib verse, Timothy 4:9-11. Here I read about Paul and his request for Mark to visit him. He said Demas had deserted him “because he loves the things of this world.” At one time Paul didn’t allow Mark to join him on a missionary trip because he had left previous trip. Demas has been considered a close friend and worker of the faith but at some point lost his way for the things of the world.
As I studied the commentary for the verses in Timothy I was asked a question, “Do you live the world as it could be if justice was done, the hungry fed, and people loved one another? Or do you love what the world has to offer-wealth, power, pleasure,-even if gaining it means hurting people and neglecting the work God has given to you?” (2 Timothy 4:9-10 life Application NLT Study Bible)
Sadly my answer was not what it should be, if I’m being honest. When posed with the question, I have to say on a daily basis I think more of the later. It’s so easy to do. So easy to allow our hearts to follow the world and what the world says is happiness. I’m not saying I don’t ever do for others, I do. I work hard at my job, take care of my family, volunteer at Church but overall my heart is more in the world.
I believe this is how Christians can be so easily “lost,” still entangled in sin. Sin that “weighs us down,” as Hebrews says. It doesn’t really look like sin. When we are more worried about our next vacation than the friend that needs a prayer. Or when we think of growing old, it’s filled with money plannig and visions of lounging around, instead of serving God then we need to check our hearts.
Now, don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with a vacation, being smart with money, or enjoying retirement. What is sin, is when your heart thinks of the things in the world more than God. I want my heart to be broken for the lost. I want to see a future where I’m loving others in Christ; praying for them, helping them, giving my life for His message. Daring to break away from the comforts of the world to do His work. And this doesn’t have to mean I move to Africa, it can be as simple as giving up my time for His glory-leading a Bible study, cleaning a neighbors yard, visiting eldery family members, cooking a meal for someone in need, when on vacation praying to be able to be a witness to someone, turning off the phone and really listening to someone who needs a friend. The list goes on and on. The sin that weighs as down isn’t always this big thing, sometimes it’s simple.We as Christians have to be willing to see that.
So I implore you today to think about the sin that may be weighing you down and keep you from running your race to the fullest. Ask God to reveal it to you and to help you grow in Him. Pray you can be a Mark instead of a Demas.