What do you think might happen if you attempt to stand still in the middle of an aisle of an airplane that has just taken off? You’re either going to fall backwards, or you’ll try to walk forward to keep from falling. Interesting. Isn’t that much like our Christian walk? The danger, however, is when we strive for cruise control.
Paul says; in 1 Corinthians 1:18 “For the message of the cross is foolishness [absurd and illogical] to those who are perishing and spiritually dead [because they reject it], but to us who are being saved [by God’s grace] it is [the manifestation of] the power of God.” (AMP) I prefer this translation better because I believe it speaks directly to Paul’s point. We have a tendency to say we will “perish” or we are “saved”, which makes the statement a conclusion. People who are not saved, have not perished because there is still hope for them. And those who have been saved, can begin to perish when they reject the cross. Likewise, those of us who are saved, sometimes we leave it at that. We think there’s nothing more for us to do. We expect answers to our prayers. We expect God’s provision.
Our walk with Jesus should be an ongoing relationship of being saved daily. When we accept the cross we are attempting to get rid of sin, and live a Holy life. Think of an illness in your body; cold or the flu. Once it attacks your body you take the necessary steps to remove it from your body, so you can be well again. Once you’ve been healed, does that mean you’ll never get the cold or flu again? It’s highly unlikely. But most of us can agree that we may alter our lifestyle in some way to prevent it from attacking us again. We may get sick again, but we live in such a way to prevent it.
Once saved it doesn’t mean sin is gone forever. If we are not being saved daily we are perishing daily. We reject the cross. It becomes foolish to us. If we have not grown more as a Christian from last year, we’ve been perishing. We might look like a Christian. We might sound like a Christian. But if we have any unresolved sin – we are perishing. Standing on an airplane aisle walking forward or falling backward requires our effort. We either allow ourselves to be pulled down, or we charge ahead. No person accepts the message of the cross and remains the same. If we remain the same, we accept the cross as foolishness. The cross is our answer to being saved – daily.
You’ve taken off with Christ. Are you being saved every day.