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.
As the Feast of Unleavened Bread comes to a close, we are reminded of the vital importance of this special holy day season. As Christians who have learned the importance of these days, we diligently prepared by physically removing leavening from our homes, cars and workspaces. But what is more important, we also examined ourselves—our attitudes, actions, motives—to discover where spiritual leaven (sin) was hiding in our lives (1 Corinthians 11:28).
On Passover we were reminded of Jesus Christ’s sacrifice, which allows us to be forgiven of the sin “which so easily ensnares us.” During the Days of Unleavened Bread, we have been reminded to “lay aside” the sins in our lives by putting righteousness into our hearts, minds and conduct.
When the holy day ends today, is the race over? Will we allow sin to come back into our lives just as quickly as we bring leavened products, which only temporarily represented sin, back into our homes?
Hebrews 12:1 teaches us two vital lessons for moving forward after the Feast of Unleavened Bread:
1. Lay aside the sins that may be holding you back. Sin never lets us move forward, only backward!
2. Run with endurance. Remember, we must stay in this race for the rest of our lives.
To learn more about overcoming sin, see our article “Go and Sin No More.”
Tomorrow on the Daily Bible Verse Blog: “Take Heed, Lest You Fall.”