Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Pole Vaulting the Grand Canyon

You know what the difference is between the ordinary person and the person who trains their whole life to win the gold medal in the Olympics pole-vaulting competition?

The latter spends a few more seconds in the air while trying to cross the Grand Canyon before plummeting to a violent and bloody death like the former jumper.

"Trying" to be perfect is like trying to jump the Grand Canyon. It's just not going to happen.

And... even if you could somehow keep every single jot and tittle of the Law of Moses as it applies to you, the truth of the matter is this:

All of YOUR righteousness is like filthy rags before God (Isaiah 64:6). Do you think your 'efforts' somehow please Him?  That you can somehow 'earn' His favor?

The Law is there to show us that WE CAN'T DO IT, that we need Christ, who, as it is written:

"For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God." (2 Corinthians 5:21)

Trusting in your own efforts to be made right with God is a sure path to spiritual pride.

Trust in the finished work of Christ instead!

Love in Christ,
Pastor Joe


  1. Amen, Pastor Joe!

    I've also heard the analogy of jumping to the moon. We can train and eat properly and practice and try . . . but no matter the degree of 'fitness' we achieve in the flesh we will never be able to jump to the moon! The distance is so vast in comparison with our ability in the flesh.

    1. "'Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus,
      Just to take Him at His Word;
      Just to rest upon His promise,
      And to know, “Thus says the Lord!”

      How futile it is to expend our efforts trying to leap across a vast chasm when the Bridge is right there for the crossing.