Get rid of your excess baggage

Gigi Tinsley | 8/28/2014, 9 a.m.

When an individual decides to change from worldly living to one with biblical principles, he or she become as what Christians describes as a “new creature,” who has received a brand new life.

This new life includes different attitudes, desires, ambitions and needs. The transformation may be insidious but there have been cases where all of these characteristics manifest immediately. Some Christians even claim they have experienced a change in appearance after their conversion.

But after their conversion, many new Christians still carry too much of the “baggage” (sins they had before their new lives) with them. This weight includes impatience-not being patient enough with those who might not be as informed or learned as you are; selfishness-thinking that their ideas are always the best ones and never willing to try something new. ; having the “I” syndrome-not giving honor where it is is due; not wanting to assist or help others who are in need, unless they are assured of getting the spotlight and the the credit for whatever has been accomplished.

In Hebrews 12:1 one we are instructed: “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and sin which does so easily beset us, and let us run with patience, the race that is set before us.” (KJV)


The Christian lifestyle is considered first “a walk then a race. We must daily “warm up.” Early in the morning, one should have a talk with the Lord and ask that He prepare you for the day that is before you. Spend time with God and be reminded that that with Him, “all things are possible.”

Start your day with the full realization that God is watching over you and his angels will protect you from all harm throughout the day. And when the day is over, give thanks with a grateful heart for all that has been done for you that day.

Remember, “your yoke will be easy and your burdens light,” if you do as the Lord has instructed you to do.

“Know therefore, that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commands.” (Deuteronomy 7:9 NIV)

The Lord always keeps his promises.