Acts 27:40 (KJV) 40 And when they had taken up the anchors, they committed themselves unto the sea, and loosed the rudder bands, and hoised up the mainsail to the wind, and made toward shore.
There’s a saying in the world about not putting off ‘til tomorrow what you can do today. In other words, don’t procrastinate! How many times have we been guilty of procrastinating?
Imagine what we could get done if we didn’t procrastinate! Some things are insignificant but others are a matter of life and death. Sometimes it’s the anchors in our lives that hold us back. Things that weigh us down, keeping us from fulfilling the plans and purposes the Lord has for us. We need to get rid of the anchors and commit ourselves to getting the job done.
Salvation is one of those life and death things that we cannot procrastinate about. We have to make a decision for the Lord or we’re headed for destruction.
So, just what are these anchors and weights that weigh us down and hinder our walk with the Lord?
Luke 21:34 (KJV) 34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.
Hebrews 12:1 (KJV) 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,
Surfeiting refers to overindulgence. It doesn’t necessarily mean evil, sinful things. It can mean spending too much time and energy on things that distract us from what we’re to be doing. For example: too much time on hobbies, sports, TV, etc. Excessive time spent on these things interferes with our time with the Lord.
Weights refers to similar things as surfeiting but can also include wrong attitudes and actions. These are things that weigh us down like a heavy load on our shoulders.
Sins are self-explanatory, doing things we shouldn’t be doing but also not doing the things we should be doing.
James 4:17 (KJV) 17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.
The cares of this life refer to things in our everyday life that seem to burden us with worry and care. We need to trust the Lord to help us and roll that care onto Him. We were never meant to carry the “weight” of the world on our shoulders!
Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV) 5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Proverbs 16:3 (AMP) 3 Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and] so shall your plans be established and succeed.
So you see, there are a multitude of things that can hold us down and hinder our walk with the Lord. We need to de-clutter our lives so that we can have time to spend with Him. How else are we going to hear from Him if we’re so busy, busy, busy with the cares of this life? Actually, if we’d spend more time listening to the Holy Spirit’s leading and direction, we’d be so much better off and avoid a lot of heartache.
Purpose in your heart to de-clutter and spend quality time with your Lord and Savior, listening to the Holy Spirit’s leading and revelation and live the victorious life God has planned for you.