Seven Secrets of a Champion
- Author Pastor Clark Beiler
3. He Lays Aside Every Unnecessary Weight
When a man or woman runs a race, they do not carry any baggage with them. That would only slow them down and cause them to lose the race. Only what is absolutely necessary is used for the race. Similarly, we read in Scripture, “. . . let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us”. Hebrews 12:1 The secret weights and sins we refuse to surrender will bring both shame and regret at the end of the race.
A champion denies indulgences for himself that others may never consider. One Olympic athlete is reported to have replied that a McDonald’s hamburger was an indulgence that was going to be enjoyed after the games were over. It just didn’t fit with an Olympic diet and training regimen.
In the same way, there are things in life that may hinder us from successfully achieving the goal that God has set before us. If we are aware of hindrances that trip us up in running the race of life that God has given us, put them aside for a greater goal. It may seem like a ‘sacrifice’, but the rewards of God’s honor and glory are far greater than any thing this life offers. The Apostle Paul’s perspective was, “For our momentary light affliction is producing for us an absolutely incomparable eternal weight of glory. 2 Corinthians 4:17 (HCSB)
When viewed from God’s perspective it is really not a ‘sacrifice’. It is an investment in future glory.
Choices always have consequences. We should perceive the long term impact of present activities. Jesus said it like this: 24 `None is able to serve two lords, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will hold to the one, and despise the other; ye are not able to serve God and Mammon. Matthew 6:24 (YLT) We cannot travel in two directions at the same time. If we truly want God’s best life for our lives, we must make the choices that will follow the path of life. Jesus also said, “How narrow is the gate and difficult the road that leads to life, and few find it.” Matthew 7:14 (HCSB)
Not everyone will be a champion, but by God’s grace, everyone can be a champion. What is it that God would say to you today? What are you choosing that entangles you and prevents you from God’s best? You are designed by God to be a champion. Choose the narrow path of the Champion. There are great rewards that lie ahead.
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