We need to get rid of the weights that hold us back. Runners train with weights on their legs so that they build up endurance and strength. American baseball players before they take their turn at bat add weights to the bat as they prepare to hit the ball. But when it comes to running the race or batting for their team they take off the weights so they can do their best. The runner wants to run with endurance.
Those who are in Christ have another freedom that is even more to be celebrated and given thanks for — freedom from sin and its punishment. All have been yoked under bondage to temptation and sin (Romans 3:23). All have struggled to gain control of their lives and bodies (Romans 7:14ff). All know what misery sin’s bonds can produce (Romans 7:24).