There you are—on the balance beam of walking with Christ. You’re starting to get the hang of it. You are learning to balance and walk the narrow way; you’re not falling off as often or as quickly; you’re experiencing sweet intimacy with your God.
And yet He still wants you to remain right with Him? To not sin, to not fall into doubt or despair, to not respond in a human fashion but in a Christ-like fashion?
What exactly do I mean by being in a crazy position? Health issues, heartaches, people sinning against you, a difficult child or mate that is making you angry, facing the unknown, and countless other challenges.
Certainly, God doesn’t expect you to act like Christ in these situations!
But He does.
Not perfectly as mentioned last time, but working toward that most worthy goal. In order to do so, you need to know your helplessness in the matter at hand; of your desperate need of Him.
You need your Coach to teach you how to remain on the beam (i.e. right with God)—even in these awkward positions. And if you fall off, He wants you to understand why you fell off so you can correct the error.
As you progress in your training in becoming more like Christ, your Coach will have you do increasingly more difficult moves. He might even ask you to do some outlandish feat to fulfill your God-given purpose (like Moses going before Pharaoh).
“You want me to do what? A backflip, handstand, and a somersault? That’s insane, Lord! I can’t do that!’
Hear your Coach say:
“Yes, without Me that is true. The question is: Are you willing to learn in order to confound the world; to show others who I am and what I can do?”
Perhaps you haven’t progressed far in your training. You’re on His Gymnastics Team, but have fallen off the balance beam and are afraid to get back up. Or you’re on the beam—just sitting, afraid to move lest you fall again. But in your heart, you really do want to move ahead with God. You aspire to do those amazing split leaps, twists, and dismounts you’ve seen others do. Take heart, you can learn if you are willing to be trained and disciplined by your Coach.
But before you are able to do those extraordinary moves you must first learn how to stand firm and walk without falling off. You need to be trained in the simple aspects of your Christian walk. Basics like consistently reading the Word, attending a church where the Bible is taught, praying, and applying biblical principles.
If you attempt a backflip before you’re ready (Like getting involved in a ministry which the Lord didn’t sanction for you), you will take a nasty fall. Plus those fancy moves need to be done with the right motives. Your Trainer will have you practice those remarkable maneuvers over and over again when there are no accolades from the crowd. Done simply for His pleasure.
Then if the day comes when He does have you perform those mouth-dropping feats in front of others, the cheering and applause will be for the all deserving Coach—not you, the gymnast.
Your right hand supports me…. You have made a wide path for my feet to keep them from slipping. (Ps 18:35-36)
…Train yourself to be godly. (1 Tim 4:7)