Dragging Luggage: When we refuse to let go of baggage from our unsaved and sinful life we take on a load of extra baggage that can hinder us in our Spiritual life. The load becomes heavy and burdensome.
Recently, while boarding an airplane from Atlanta to Orlando, we decided to pack lightly and take two bags aboard the plane. It seemed like a great idea at the time. However, lugging two bags and helping my eleven year old granddaughter with her two bags proved a drastic mistake. There were escalators that I did not think about at the time; escalators, and walking sidewalks, not to mention boarding the train.
By the time we reached our gate, I was tired and a little cranky. This is the way it is with our Spiritual life. We should not carry our old life into our new life with Christ. Why drag a carry-on into your new life?
There are many things that can hinder us, but we will look at three today.
We will look at three different kinds of baggage that can hold us back from reaching our creative and Spiritual potential, but we will expound on one.
Bitterness is one of the most detrimental and destructive pieces of luggage that we tend to carry from our old life to our new life in Christ. Instead of putting it under the blood of Jesus we carry it around until it consumes our thoughts, our life, and our time.
B. Hatred: Bitterness when dragged around enough often turns into hatred. You have seen, experienced it, or heard about it. Often divorced couples become so consumed with bitterness that they end up hating each other. And this hatred is passed on to the children, new relationships, and people they come in contact with. The weight has become so heavy that it is difficult to carry around. The Bible tells us in Hebrews 12:1-3
(1) Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, (2) Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. (3) For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.
If you want to run this race, you must bring your old life (man) under the Blood of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.