Have you ever noticed that runners wear the bare minimum of clothing when they run? By doing so it makes it easier to run. Can you imagine how hard it would be to run in winter boots and an overcoat? They would get tired very quickly!
Although the author of Hebrews is unknown he gives a good analogy when he writes, “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.” Hebrews 12:1
We are running the race of faith. The race that makes our faith deeper and our trust stronger. And when we are running the race of faith in this world we need to get rid of the “junk” that can weigh us down.
There are no secret sins and you can not keep a couple of your favorite sins hidden away in a closet and think no one will know.