“Therefore, since we are
surrounded by so great a
cloud of witnesses, let us also
lay aside every weight, and
sin which clings so closely,
and let us run with endurance
the race that is set before us…”
Waiting for my favorite pizza, the hostess, in between seating customers, is twirling a Rubik’s Cube®. I’m thinking, “That cube is so messed up, I’d have to peel the stickers off to make the sides match up.” I’m one of those, that if the cube is messed up, the chances of me ever restoring the sides is practically nil.
By the time our table was called, the hostess had solved the cube. I was reminded of the many hours spent as a frustrated kid, trying to be like those prodigies who could solve what I couldn’t in seconds. I said to myself, “I’m not even going to pick it up.”
There are some sins in our life that we can’t solve. You can spend the remaining years of your life trying to figure out, deduce, understand, or comprehend why your brokenness and the package of your life makes that particular sin so appealing. It’s said, that the worst, most perverted, and wicked sins are when you take something pure/perfect, and just twist it a bit.
I’ve set the Rubik’s Cube® aside in heart, mind, and body. I’m done. No more time spent pining away hours in manipulating the cube in hope’s of trying to figure it out, with victory as the goal. The worst is when my quest to conquer is fueled by shame that says, “You need to figure this out, so you can have victory.”
Sound like your battle with sin? Maybe it’s time to set it aside. Jesus is the prodigy who solved the cube of sin for the whole world. Lay sin aside, rest, and live. That’s what it means to be ‘more than a conqueror’ in Christ.
By Aaron F. Jeffers