Heart Check Tuesday 28 May 2019

Heart Check Tuesday 28 May 2019

Weights are burdens that drain the athlete’s strength and make them lose sight of the finish line. They dampen and quench the burning sense of urgency an athlete should have in keeping with finishing the course of the race. They make nonsense of the effort an athlete exerts on the track.

Weights could assume different forms ranging from the human to the circumstantial. They include relationships that distract us from our God-given assignments, juicy favours that are inimical to our growth in God, commitments that demand that we be disloyal to God etc., *The Bible says the best way to go about dealing with weights is to lay them down:*

“And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.” (Matthew 5:30-31)

Of course, Jesus’ admonition here is not literal but figurative. He is saying there are some unhealthy attachments we have to people and things that make them as close to us as our body parts to the detriment of our eternal rest in Him. A time comes when we have to make the hard choice of cutting them off because keeping them becomes the bane of our fulfilling destiny.

This comes with a lot of emotional pain. Same pain as the one experienced when a person loses one of their body parts in an accident or when a foreign object buried deep in their flesh is being removed. But the truth remains that the severed part was never meant to be a part of their life. This might take some time before they realise it.

*It takes a resurrection of the will and emotional pain which culminates in making a hard choice to lay aside weights.* Yes, one will have to say the painful goodbye. This might leave raw nerves bruised, ego crushed, hopes dashed and eyes tearing red with pain.

Weights might seem beneficial in the short term, but they always approximate to doom in the long term. God sees the long term from the short term and you do not have the ability to do so. So, when He says, “Lay it down,” won’t you rather trust His infallible judgment?

*Be courageous. Do not go on relishing and pampering weights that are obviously in God’s cross hairs. Time is of the essence, my friend! You do not want to waste your time being disloyal to God and your destiny just because you want to please man.*

Athletes who are passionate about crossing the finishing line do everything in their power to stay light. Light meals, heavy exercise routines to shed off unnecessary weight and keep fit; light clothes that will allow them reach their potential on track and so many other things they have to do to be finish-line-worthy. *If you feel too heavy, it is time to put off some weight! The choice is yours to make.*

👉 Culled from “GO INTO ALL THE WORLD: Building Legacies that will Last the Test of Eternity” by Apostle Arome Osayi