How to stop draggin’ your sin around.

by Kevin on September 28, 2010

Does it seem like every time you figure out which direction you should go, there is something that holds you back? Do you go through life draggin’ your past sins and failures like a dead steer? Join us today as we look at just how common this is and how to avoid making the same mistake over and over again.

This past weekend, a friend of mine was tellin’ me that an old longhorn steer that they owned had finally gone to the big pasture in the sky. This steer had been like part of the family and like the rest of them, it was big and fat. (I made that last part up.)

They hooked onto the dead animal with a chain and was going to pull it to the back side of the pasture. When they got in and tried to drive off, the truck couldn’t pull it. They backed up and put the truck in four-wheel drive and finally got moving. They finally had to abandon their efforts because the steer was so big, they couldn’t drive through the trees dragging it. The steer either got hung up in a tree or the truck simply couldn’t pull that dead weight through the turns necessary to navigate through the trees and brush.

I have seen cowboys and cowgirls try to drag their own sins onto that narrow trail that Jesus talks about. No matter how much they tug and pull, they just can’t quite figure out why they can’t get to where they need to go. They brag about how Jesus has defeated their sin and problems on the cross and then they just drag it behind them like an old dead steer.

These sins have been so much a part of people’s lives, that even when the sin is dead, they drag them around everywhere they go. Jesus did indeed kill sin on the cross, but we have to be able to let it go. He said that many people will search for the trail, but few will find it and I think this is one reason why. They can’t let go of the dead sin.

Financial Problems Folks are crying out to God in prayer and asking for help in their finances. It’s usually not lack of money that is the problem, but want for things they desire. God kills the desires, but asks us to cut the rope holding us to the desires. The way to do that is by tithing. Sad to say, but most Christians will never experience the joy that comes from this blessing of giving to God. They just sit there and stare at the dead weight behind them and don’t get up and move forward.

Relationship Problems If you don’t have a great relationship with God, then you will not be able to have great relationships with others. We are commanded to love others they way Christ loves us. If we don’t know what that is, then we won’t be able to do it.

Time Management Problems We have so much stuff to do every single day that we end up not doing anything of worth and spending most of our time and things that mean the least. If you suffer from being tired, worn out, irritable, and just flat out don’t feel good, you have probably overloaded your pulling capacity with junk. Instead of working like a four-wheel drive to pull all this stuff that means nothing, just let go and devote most of your time to God. We find enough time for football games, hobbies, movies, kid’s events, ropings, and eating out, but then we are too tired to read our Bibles, pray, go to church, or even go visit someone that is sick. Make God your top priority today.

Isaiah 5:18-19

18 What sorrow for those who drag their sins behind them
with ropes made of lies,
who drag wickedness behind them like a cart!
19
They even mock God and say,
“Hurry up and do something!
We want to see what you can do.
Let the Holy One of Israel carry out his plan,
for we want to know what it is.”

It’s not enough to simply give your problems to God. You must give them to Him and let go of them. Think about the biggest difficulty in your life and ask yourself if you have given it to God and then let go of it. Only then will you be able to be rid of it.

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  • Reminds me of Hebrews 12 where it says, “let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.”

    Man, it is hard to run a race when you are carrying around all that dead weight! Lay it aside. Put it down. Don’t pick it up again. Lighten your load.

    Thanks for sharing that today Kevin, I needed to talk through this with God.

    –Richard

    • I especially like how Hebrew 12 starts off with the cloud of witnesses not just because it makes it seem like all the saints are there to see it and mark it as important, but they are also there to shout and cheer like the crowd at the Boston Marathon. I think we forget just how much the Father and Jesus and the Spirit are cheering us on as we run the race.

  • I really struggle with time management problems. I have to aggressively pursue things of importance because I have a tendency to focus on tasks that have the least resistance. Which in turn are usually the things that matter the least. Or I overload myself as you say, with way too much, and then I can’t make heads or tails of what is important.

    Thanks for helping me gain some perspective today.

    • Kevin

      I’m surprised we haven’t bumped into each other on that time management road. I could have wrote what you said.

  • Something I’ve always struggled with is forgiving myself. Letting go of my sin wouldn’t nearly be so difficult if I could forgive myself as easily as Christ has forgiven me. I need to remind myself constantly that I can’t punish myself or refuse to forgive myself because doing so is the same as saying “Christ didn’t suffer enough for this sin.” Sometimes I even have to say that aloud to myself and get a cold splash of water to get going again.

  • Thanks for the reminder to make God the top priority today by following what He has asked us to do.

    Blessings,
    Janis

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