Hikers know the adage well “every ounce counts” and while rookie hikers may start out carrying the kitchen sink, many learn to lighten their load by a variety of means. The incentive is strong. Carrying extraneous weight can turn a hike into an exhausting chore.
In life, as in hiking, what we carry makes a big difference in whether or not we enjoy the journey. Is the weight of sin wearing you out? Christ offers to lighten that load.
“For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by His blood, much more shall we be saved by Him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by His life. More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation”. (Romans 5:6-11)
Would you be willing to trade the weight of sin for the liberating righteousness of Christ? He offers that exchange as a gift to all who repent and trust in Him alone.