Maybe you know this story but it will help with our reflection today.
There was a tightrope walker, who did incredible aerial acts. All over Paris, he would do acts at scary heights. Then he had succeeding acts; he would do it blindfolded, then he would go across the tightrope, blindfolded, pushing a wheelbarrow.
An American promoter read about this in the papers and wrote a letter to the tightrope walker, saying, “Tightrope, I don’t believe you can do it, but I’m willing to make you an offer. For a very substantial sum of money, besides all your transportation fees, I would like to challenge you to do your act over Niagara Falls.”
Tightrope wrote back, “Sir, although I’ve never been to America and seen the Falls, I’d love to come.” Well, after a lot of promotion and setting the whole thing up, many people came to see the event. Tightrope was to start on the Canadian side and come to the American side. Drums roll, and he comes across the rope which is suspended over the treacherous part of the falls—blindfolded!! And he makes it across easily.
The crowds go wild, and he comes to the promoter and says, “Well, Mr. Promoter, now do you believe I can do it?”
“Well of course I do. I mean, I just saw you do it.”
“No,” said Tightrope, “do you really believe I can do it?”
“Well of course I do, you just did it.”
“No, no, no,” said Tightrope, “do you believe I can do it?”
“Yes,” said Mr. Promoter, “I believe you can do it.”
“Good,” said Tightrope, “then you get in the wheelbarrow.”
The word “believe” in Greek means “to live by.”
Consider the story. How often do we say that we believe Christ can do it, but refuse to live by getting in the wheelbarrow?
For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins. [2 Peter 1:5-9]
1. Goodness – Moral Excellence.
2. Knowledge – General intelligence, general Knowledge, understanding of things lawful and unlawful for a Christian to do etc. Hosea 4:6 says “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge”
3. Self-control – We have bought into the lies of Satan where self-control is concerned. We say: “I just can’t help myself”, “Everyone else is doing…” or “God wants me to be happy” Let’s not forget that God doesn’t want you happy by those standards. He wants you to be filled with joy…He wants you to be righteous….He knows you will be much happier when you are living according to His guidelines.
4. Perseverance – The characteristic of a person who is not swerved from his/her deliberate purpose and his/her loyalty to faith and piety by even the greatest trials and sufferings.
5. Godliness – a spirit of reverence and respect to God in all matters. It understands that He is a Holy God. Not outward compliance to certain rules, but inward purity of heart.
6. Mutual affection and Love – Love one another.
Do we have faith?
GOOD! Let’s increase in these qualities then…..
Author ~ LCS Herald Newsletter