Have ever tried swimming with a full set of clothing? I have! Not by choice, but as a result of being dumped off of a boat unprepared. I cannot envision entering a race wearing all of that attire. In fact, when we enter a race we make sure not to carry anything that would hinder our performance.
Sometime ago I wrote about Bermuda Fitted Dinghy Racing—there is nothing to equal it. The dinghy crew is allowed to make “adjustments” in accordance with their size. Then they can make their choice of which suite of sails they choose to use that day; 1, 2, 3, in accordance with their observance of the wind velocity. Also, they have the option of which spinnaker they will use and the number of crew they will have on board. Another factor is that no one has a priority on a given “tack”. On what is an apparent collision or shallow water, there is a call for “water” and both racing vessels have to reposition their course immediately.
When the final “run” is on, and the wind is exceptionally light, they make a unique adjustment. They can throw a crew member overboard. Naturally, he launches himself off of the back of the dinghy, giving it an extra surge. I have seen one man, the lightest, taking the dinghy across the line because four or five others have been ejected… un-necessary encumbrance.
When we enter the “race” that becomes ours upon the reception of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, (Hebrews 12:1-3) we are to abandon anything that would become a “hindrance”. May I use an illustration? When Paul wrote to Timothy, (2 Timothy) he noted that he should avoid any possibility of being a hindrance by engaging in things by which worldliness is identified. To the church at Corinth he warned them about their conduct in the church. To Ephesus there was how family relationships could hinder this “race” into which we have entered. Without engaging in the “dirty dozen” that was emphasized in the past, it is obvious that we are to walk a sanctified Life. Always remember that we serve the Lord, and are to put off anything that would lead to “questions” by the unsaved. About the dinghy race… Even the “skipper” can be useful by jumping overboard because he was determined to win the race. The Apostle said: “I have fought a good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me….” (2 Timothy 4:7, 8)