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,
2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
-Paul tells us to lay aside weights and sins, that we might be able to run properly. That’s a weighty piece of instruction which sets a pretty high standard, but Jesus has already given us a much higher standard. “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” (Matthew 16:24) There’s no way we can follow Jesus’ instruction and pick up our cross if we haven’t first laid aside every weight, every sin, every care, and everything else about us that is not of God. We cannot expect to hold those things in one hand and the cross in the other, for we would surely collapse under the weight.