Trapeze artists are known for their bravery and perfect timing. They perform flips, twists, and stunts that amaze us. Some of us wouldn’t even climb the ladder, much less fling ourselves through the air. The life of a trapeze artist is challenging and full of mistakes and corrections. This is where the safety net comes in. The trapeze artist continues to practice and improve while using the safety net to remain safe.
In a sense, Christians are spiritual trapeze artists. While we aren’t known for death defying stunts, we have chosen a life which takes the spiritual and moral high wire. We have chosen to live a life that is difficult, challenging, and one which makes us stand out from the world (Romans 12:2). Beyond everything else, the greatest connection is in the fact that Christians also have a safety net.
Everyone has made mistakes and everyone has sinned (Romans 3:23). Therefore, everyone has fallen off of the trapeze. As a result we were helplessly falling to our spiritual deaths. We had no control and no power to change our own fate, but then the Lord stepped in. As Romans so eloquently puts it, “For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly…But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him” (5:6, 8-9).
Christians were given Christ as our safety net. What we deserved from our sinful choices was to fall to our spiritual deaths (Romans 6:23), but God spared us. Through Christ came salvation (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; 1 Peter 3:21. By Christ sacrifice, God gave us grace (Ephesians 2:5-8). Praise God that we have Christ as the safety net to save us when we fall spiritually!
However, even when we fall there is more to do. It is still possible to “fall from grace” (Galatians 5:4). We have to get up and climb back up the trapeze. We cannot let our sins keep us down. Even when we fall, we must get up and keep walking right (1 John 1:5-7). We must remain faithful until death (Revelation 2:10).
As Christians, we are eternally blesses to have Christ as our safety net. Let’s use this safety net as little as possible, and get right back up when we fall!