Have you ever been late to catch a flight and hear on the intercom, “Final boarding call for flight 121 heading to Huntsville, AL”? You are already speed walking, but upon hearing this, what do you do? Start running, of course, because who wants to miss a flight and have to wait an absurd amount of hours for another one.
You take off in full sprint mode. You and your ten bags because Lord knows you don’t know how to pack light.
You make it to the terminal but not in time. The gate is closed, and the pilot is preparing for takeoff. You could have possibly made it in time if not for all those suitcases weighing you down.
“You can’t run when you’re holding suitcases.”
This is a line from Dara Maclean’s song, “Suitcases.” I love how powerful this declaration is. We all know that technically you can run while toting suitcases, but you won’t run effectively.
Oftentimes, we can partner with the enemy to convince ourselves that we can run effectively with extra weight. We run our races with heavy burdens, the cares of this world, and with sin. These are all used to weigh us down, making us lack endurance and become ineffective disciples.
Hebrews 12:1 says, “...let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.”
We are responsible for laying aside every spiritual “suitcase,” if you will, and running the race before us effectively. No matter how much we think we need what’s in our suitcases, if the Lord is considering it to be a weight in our lives, we are to lay it down.
I can’t run while carrying two suitcases, a tote bag, and a purse. It’s too much weight. To run the race the Lord has set before us, we have to run as light as possible. Join me in laying aside every unnecessary weight.
Father, help me to recognize the weight I carry in my life. If I have grown comfortable with the extra weight, please give me the desire to release it. I know I will experience freedom when I release it from my hands. I want to run this race you have set before me with endurance, so I will release every weight and sin that clings close. In Jesus name, Amen.
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Click play and enjoy “Suitcases” by Dara Maclean
I love the imagery of a spiritual suitcase. We definitely have to be sure what we pack in it and know when to take some things out with God’s guidance.
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