Afraid of Heights?

2010-06-12 Nico looking down into the Grand Canyon

If you’ve been to the Grand Canyon, you might have had that certain feeling of curiosity to walk right up to the edge of the cliff and peek over. For those of us who aren’t afraid of heights, there is something extremely invigorating about walking up to the edge. It’s almost as if we get to look death right in the face and say, “Not today!” However, every time we do this, we are taking a risk. Tragically, or maybe foolishly, there have been 685 deaths at the Grand Canyon (  While not all of these are from falling off the cliff, many are.

Sometimes as Christians we can get a similar feeling of curiosity. We can get an urge to walk up to the edge of the sin cliff, just to see how close we can get. No matter the reason, far too many have fallen as a result. Brethren, we shouldn’t be this way.

We need to be Christians who run away from the sin cliff (Genesis 39:6-12; 2 Timothy 2:22). We need to be Christians who are on the alert for Satan’s luring ways (1 Peter 5:8; James 4:7). We need to be Christian who don’t even get close to the edge (1 Thessalonians 5:22).  We need to be Christians who look for the way to escape (1 Corinthians 10:13).

It’s important for us to have a healthy fear of the consequences of the sin cliff.  What we need today are Christians who are, spiritually speaking, afraid of heights!

How close to the edge are you right now?

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