Pastor’s Pen: Skydiving without a parachute
Have you ever wanted to go skydiving? It sounds like quite a fun adventure and, though I may pass out at some point along the way, I think it would be an experience to talk about. I don’t know much about skydiving, but one thing I’m pretty certain of, they all wear parachutes. It would be quite a messy landing if they didn’t.
Somehow I can’t imagine a person going up in a plane they intended to jump out of saying, “I would wear this parachute, but it’s soo old fashioned. People wore these things years ago. It just doesn’t match my
Or maybe this, “I can get a lot more speed without that parachute. It’s going to create significant wind resistance and keep me from my maximum miles per hour before hitting the ground.” Duh….that’s its job.
Perhaps this remark would be better. “I don’t see the need for this parachute. I’m certain I can jump out and the owners of the company will keep me safe. They would never let anything like that happen.” I’m thinking that’s why they gave you the parachute.
Those types of attitudes sound foolish and prideful. How can anyone possibly think those are good reasons for not wearing a parachute?! Yet those are the same reasons we give for refusing to follow Christ: “It’s an old-fashioned belief. Nobody thinks that way now.”…. “It’s just going to keep me from all the fun I want to have. I’m going to miss out.”…. “God would never let anyone go to hell.”
Romans 10:2-3 says, “For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge. Since they did not know the righteousness that comes from God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness.”
The Israelites knew about God and were very eager to serve Him, yet they were missing out on the very righteousness that He provided. We look back and think how foolish they were, but we do the same thing. We come up with our own interpretations of the Bible, submit to some other form of godliness or use our own definition of “good” to appease God.
But God has already provided righteousness for us. He’s given us a parachute. We can choose to put Jesus on and wear Him proudly or leave Him off suffering the consequences of that action. Paul’s desire for the Israelites was salvation. That’s my desire for you as well. Put on Jesus.