Running The Race
The old adage, "no pain, no gain," speaks of the discipline, the long hours of training and the hardships you endure to ensure you are ready when the day to compete comes.
Hebrews 12:1 likens your walk to the Lord with the race run by the athlete. It has a starting point, which is your conversion, and it has a terminus - when you meet the Lord. In this contest, the writer says you are to rid yourself of two things: the weights that slow you down and the sins that, like a heavy garment, keep you from achieving.
If every word is significant, then there is a reason why two words - weights and sins - are used, and understanding the difference provides insights for us today. The first word, ogkos in Greek, means a weight, a burden, or an impediment - anything that keeps you from walking with the Lord. These are not necessarily wrong, but they become wrong if they keep you from, doing the will of God.
The second word, hamatia, means sin, "missing the mark" or "falling short of a goal or target." It is the same word Jesus used when He said, "Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us" (Luke 11:4).
Hebrews reminds you to get rid of what keeps you from being at your best including what you clearly know is wrong - sin! Make the decision that anything that keeps you from giving your best to the Master has to go. Then confess and forsake what the Bible calls sin.
Stay focused, renew your determination and hang in there day after day if you want to finish the race.
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. HEBREWS 12:1 KJV