The army of Alexander the Great was advancing on Persia. At one critical point, it appeared that his troops might be defeated. The soldiers had taken so much plunder from their previous campaigns that they had become weighted down & were losing their effectiveness in combat.
Alexander commanded that all the spoils be thrown into a heap & burned. The men complained bitterly but soon saw the wisdom of the order.
Someone wrote, "It was as if wings had been given to them - they walked lightly again." Victory was assured.
The Bible likens Christians to runners. To win the race, we must "lay aside every weight" that would drag us down and rob us of our strength and endurance (Hebrews 12:1).
This weight may be an excessive desire for possessions, the captivating love of money, an endless pursuit of pleasure, slavery to sinful passions, or a burdensome legalism.
- Richard De Haan
"If your Christian life is a drag, worldly weights may be holding you back."