Like most Colorado ski resorts, Breckenridge has some restricted ski areas. For some, the fresh, untouched powder is just too much of a temptation. Years ago a few skiers decided to risk it, despite the large, distinct signs which read, “Danger! Ski Area Boundary!” A few minutes later they had triggered an avalanche and were quickly buried and killed beneath the same fresh, untouched snow they longed to carve through (New York Times).
There is something strangely alluring about a boundary we’re not supposed to cross. Throughout history, people have gone places they weren’t allowed to go, read books that were banned, said words they shouldn’t have said, and committed actions that were against the law. Many times this resulted in pain and anguish. Curiosity and rebellion against the rules have led to the physical and spiritual downfall of many. If we would merely respect and obey the boundaries, particularly spiritual boundaries, the rewards would far outweigh any momentary pleasure we received from stepping over the lines. Thankfully, God has marked the boundaries for us.
1 John 1:6-7 states, “If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.” The boundary is light and darkness. This “walk” is talking about a lifestyle of either living in sin or in darkness. There is no middle ground here.
The question is, how do we know where we are walking? By looking at how we are living. Does our lifestyle overall consist of someone who is trying to live according to God or one who stopped trying to obey some of God’s commands? Now to be clear, one sin does not instantly put someone from light into darkness. This point is very commonly misunderstood. If one sin put us into darkness, then our entire lives would be focused on trying to live perfectly, and thus “earning” God’s grace. This is impossible for us (Romans 6:23). One sin, or even a few sins, is not the same as living a lifestyle of sin.
Colossians 3:6-7 further defines this walk, “For it is because of these things that the wrath of God will come upon the sons of disobedience, and in them you also once walked, when you were living in them.” Do we remember our mindset before we became Christians? Our lifestyle was not about pleasing God, but doing what we wanted to do. What is our life most focused on now? Is it about sinning and pleasing ourselves, or pleasing God? Our answer could help determine where we are walking.
God has defined the path and boundaries to get to Him. There is no way we will ever do it perfectly, and God doesn’t expect this. But this also doesn’t mean we stop trying (Romans 6:1). Let’s keep pressing on. Let’s keep trying to live right despite our mistakes and flaws along the way. Let’s never give up and allow ourselves to walk past the spiritual boundary into the darkness.