Hebrews 12:1 “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, 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,”
A few years ago for Christmas, I got a T-shirt that had this slogan on the
back, “Been There Wrecked That.” The shirt was in honor of the experience that I had a few months before. My friends and I were riding our ATVs at an old abandoned mine known as Red Bird. We were having fun going through mud and climbing hills, when we came to the biggest hill in the area, known as Power Line (named after the big power line at the top) At first, I just stared at the huge hill with no thought of trying to maneuver my machine up its steep ascent, but then my friend took off flying up its surface with no problem. I had just gotten my ATV a few weeks before and wasn’t quite as experienced as my buddy. Having within my DNA the male attribute of not liking to be shown up, I gunned my motor and off I went. All was going fine until I was about five feet from the top and my wheels started spinning in the mud. As I lost my momentum, off I went as my three week old ATV came bouncing over my head, down the hill, and coming to rest in a crumpled heap. Needless to say, I had it out with the hill, and unfortunately the hill won.
The Christian life is much like that hill that I tried climbing. God wants us, as Christians, to continually climb the hills of this life and accomplish great thing for Him. Unfortunately, where we get into trouble is while we are attempting to climb the big hills for God, and while doing so, we get bogged down in the sin and cares of this life. Just as I did while climbing Power Line Hill, the mud bogged me down and I lost my momentum ending up in a wrecked heap. If you are going to accomplish great things for God, you must not allow the muck and mire of this world to bog you down. Fortunately for me, I wasn’t hurt and walked away unscathed, but if you crash spiritually, you probably won’t be as fortunate.
Pastor| White River Baptist Church