“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,
Hebrews 12:1b NKJV
Have you ever tried to ride a bicycle? On your first few tries, you’ll notice that the more you focus on the paddles and how your legs move, the more likely you are to fall. However, the moment you paddle without overthinking it, you’ll discover that the bicycle moves!
This is the picture of some believers’ relationship with sin. They fill their minds with so much sin consciousness that they can barely bask in the newness of life and freedom from sin that comes with salvation. It can also be likened to driving forward while peering at the rearview mirror. Soon enough, you’ll crash!
How then do we deal with sin and temptations as believers? First, we must have a right understanding of the nature of sin. It is not just an act, it is a fallen nature that entered into the world through Adam (Romans 5:12). Now, the second Adam (Jesus) changed all of that when He died, was buried and resurrected (1 Corinthians 15: 22-23). Anyone who believes in what Jesus did, is saved from sin, death and destruction (John 3:16, Romans 3:23-24).
Have you believed in the gospel? Yes? Then you are free from sin and sinful nature! Sin has no hold over you (Romans 6: 1-14).
Your new nature in Christ is righteousness evidenced by the Spirit of God that dwells in you! The same grace that saved you and gave you a new nature, will teach you to walk in the right way. Instead of being sin-conscious, you ought to be righteousness-conscious!
Now that you have the right understanding of sin, what next? Hebrews 12:1-2 gives a significant answer, it says to lay aside every weight and look unto Jesus and run the race before you! Stop looking back at the life you left behind, instead focus on Jesus. Look at Him and fulfill your call!
Bible Reading Plan: John 8: 1-11, 2 Peter 2:1-9, Job 3, Ezekiel 9-12