GIVE UP TO GO UP // SEPTEMBER 22, 2023
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.
We need to shed things from our lives. We certainly need to shed sin, but Paul also points out that everything that hinders ought to go. We must give up to go up!
When we try on new shoes, do we put them on over our old shoes? No one needs to explain to us that we must first take off our old shoes to try on new ones. Old shoes and old covenants are good, but new ones are better. Sometimes good things are the enemy of our best things. If we're saying yes to a lot of good things, then we're not creating space for God's best for us. Settling for good can lead to complacency, and the reason we don't go any higher.
What do you need to shed from your life today? Tears? Weight? Toxic relationships? Fears? Unhealthy habits? Self-limiting or self-defeating thoughts? Now is the time! Let God lead you through the new. With God, there's another blessing beyond the mountain top -- even the tallest mountain!