Get Rid of the Hindrance

      We all experience some kind of hindrance in our lives, but how we handle the hindrance determines how successful we will be in attaining our purpose and destiny. Friedrich Nietzsche the German classical Scholar, Philosopher and Critic of culture said the following of hindrances: “The great man fights the elements in his time that hinder his own greatness, in other words, his own freedom and sincerity.” To hinder is to cause delay, or interruption, to make it difficult and to hamper or impede progress, destiny or purpose.

      As believers, our purpose is to mature in Christ and to approximate all that God has planned for us! God has plans for our lives (Jeremiah 29:11). The Apostle Paul gives us instructions on how to handle things that hinder us from growing in Christ. He writes the following in the book of Hebrew 12:1: Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, (NIV)

Throw Off”

      The analogy Paul uses in the verse is that of a track and field athlete, a marathon runner to be more specific, one who runs long distances. It’s impossible for marathon runners to run with weights or any extra clothes that will only slow them down. I live in NYC and every year in November they run the NYC Marathon, November is the start of the fall season in NY and sometimes it is frigid. On the cold days, the runners may begin the race with jackets or sweat suits and as the race progresses the runner literary throws off the excess clothes.

      Paul admonishes the believer to do the same; while we are not running an actual marathon, we are nevertheless in a race – a spiritual race. We may have begun the race with weights, but as we move, we need to discard excess baggage, such as habits and some individuals who need to go from our lives because they are hindrances that keep us weighed down.

      Notice that not all hindrances are sinful things, because the text says: “let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles.” According to the text, sin is different from hindrance. Here is an example, let’s say you have a passion for a particular TV show and that show comes on the night of your church’s bible study or prayer meeting. If you are missing Bible study or prayer meeting because you stayed home to watch the show – while watching the show is not sinful, it has become a hindrance to your spiritual growth.

      Believers in Christ need to fight hindrances and as Paul admonished us, “throw off” every hindrance that is preventing us from growing and maturing.

      Let me close with this: don’t allow habits or any person in your life to delay you from God’s divine plan for you. Remember, anything that causes delay, interruption, makes it difficult to run the race or impedes progress to your destiny and purpose is a hindrance! What do we do with hindrances? We Throw Them Off!

Be Blessed,
Bishop Jemmott