CHALLENGES IN LIVING
TOGETHER AS COMMUNITY
In training, we see runners putting on extra
weights on their bodies so they can develop more
strength and endurance. But during a race, runners
run with the least amount of weight in their
bodies. Why? Anything extra they carry around will
make their run more difficult. They will be
carrying unneeded, and in fact, burdensome, dead
weight. In the Bible, the path to discipleship is
often compared to a long-distance race: a
marathon. As we begin our walk with God, we start
getting rid of some of those dead weights; and as
we move along, we continue to unload some more.
But along the way, we may also pick up things that
make our journey more troublesome and slow us
down. Ideally, we should be running with almost
nothing, so our race, which is very challenging in
itself, will become a bit easier. How about you –
how much dead weight do you carry around in your
spiritual journey? Wouldn’t you prefer to run
towards heaven with a lesser dead weight?
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…"
Hebrews 12:1 ESV
So How Do You
Carry Lesser Dead Weight in Your
Other Scripture passages:
are a new creation in Christ [2 Corinthians
5:17], and you received the Holy Spirit. But
you need to know that you are a sinner until
the day you die and that you need to repent
of your sins before God continually. Sin
clings to you so easily, but God’s love and
mercy never fail. Develop a habit of
examining your conscience daily and
admitting your sins to God, who opposes
the proud, but gives grace to the humble.
- You need to examine your ‘spiritual
backpack’ and see what things are you carrying
around but are not needed. What attachments do
you have in life? What personal ambitions and
plans do you have that you have not
surrendered to God yet you keep on chasing
them? Do you aim to please people first,
rather than God?
- One thing that can truly bog you down in
your spiritual race is a lack of forgiveness –
and it can come in the form of anger,
resentments, grudges and bitterness. You need
to examine your life and acknowledge these
things in your life, and then learn to forgive
and let go. It is very difficult to do, but
for your sake, you need to do it. This dead
weight can literally cause you to stop the
race – or get disqualified from it.
- What emotional baggage do you carry with
you? Are you walking with self-doubt, anxiety,
stress, fear, or other similar emotions? You
need to deal with those emotions so you can be
free to walk with and serve God.
- Learn to live with less spiritual
‘complications.’ Be faithful to the roles God
has given you. Be committed to your daily
prayer and scripture. It is a spiritual
marathon, not a sprint. Have spiritual
blinders so that you can be single-hearted and
simple-hearted in your walk with God. You
should be ready for a very long race, although
you cannot know exactly when your finish line
will be. Patience, long-suffering and
endurance are vital character traits you need
to have. Have peace in yourself, and develop a
grateful disposition in life.
- Keep your eye and focus on the finish line.
After all, this is your life hidden with God.
See Colossians 3: 1-4.
personal reflection or
- See to it that no one fails to obtain the
grace of God; that no "root of bitterness"
springs up and causes trouble, and by it
many become defiled. [Hebrews 12:15
- If then you have been raised with Christ,
seek the things that are above, where Christ
is, seated at the right hand of God. Set
your minds on things that are above, not on
things that are on earth. For you have died,
and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
When Christ who is your life appears, then
you also will appear with him in glory.
[Colossians 3:1-4 ESV]
- Brothers, I do not consider that I have
made it my own. But one thing I do:
forgetting what lies behind and straining
forward to what lies ahead, I press on
toward the goal for the prize of the upward
call of God in Christ Jesus. [Philippians
4. Other References: 1 Corinthians 9:24-27; 2
Timothy 4:7-8; and 1 John 1:9.
references: Ecclesiastes 3:12-13;
Galatians 5:22-23; 1 Timothy 6:6-12; and
What attitudes and way of thinking do
you need to change for you to be joyful now –
and stay joyful?
Caballes is the
Administrator and a
of the Lamb
of God, a
community of the
Sword of the Spirit
with 7 branches
New Zealand. Tom
also leads Kairos
outreach program for
his wife Mhel and
daughters live in