Free Fall – February 20, 2017

Today’s Scripture… “Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;” — Hebrews 11:25

My son Jarod and his wife Sarah love to skydive…but not this big boy. There is one major reason I don’t skydive. No, I don’t have a fear of flying…I just have a fear of CRASHING TO THE GROUND. So, skydiving is out for me. But, it’s a very popular sport among mega thrill seekers.

Now, if you were to talk to Jarod and Sarah and with other folks who skydive, you’d find out that they all agree on one thing: the best part of the adventure is the “free fall.” From the moment they leap from the airplane, to the moment they pull the lever to open the parachute is known as “free falling.” And that’s the most fun of the experience. Enthusiasts will tell you once you’ve launched the parachute, the fun’s over.

Now, imagine this: Imagine getting onto an airplane with a group of skydivers. And, as they each prepare to jump from the airplane, you notice that one of the jumpers TAKES OFF his parachute. And he jumps WITHOUT having a parachute on, simply because the “free fall” is the part he enjoys the most. What now?
He’s got a hard landing ahead of him, doesn’t he?!

You know, that’s what sin is like. It’s like jumping out of an airplane without a parachute. It promises a “fun time” for a season, but there is a hard landing at the end of the fall. Many people view sin in such a way. They see the IMMEDIATE gratification (the “free fall”), and they don’t worry about what is going to happen when the fun stops and the hard ground rushes to meet them. They enjoy the moment, never really considering what comes when the moment has passed and the consequences set in. They jump out of airplanes without a parachute.

I’ve seen it over and over and over again…

A man flirts with a co-worker, never realizing that within six months his family, business, reputation, friends and future will be gone because that flirting led to an affair.
A man or a woman stumble upon a pornography site on the internet and stays a few minutes out of “curiosity.” In a short time, they have become an addict and their family and their marriage are destroyed.

A teenager has a few drinks with his buddies on the weekend, never realizing that he’ll die within a few hours in a tragic car accident because his driving was impaired more than he thought it was.

And that kind of story is repeated time and time again.

These are just a few examples of the hundreds, even thousands, of ways that sin promises an enjoyable “free fall” but leaves you crashing into the ground when the consequences rush upward to meet you.

Friend, let me share a truth with you: sin NEVER comes with a parachute. There is no safety net. There is no padded landing. You simply don’t “get away” with sin. There is always a hard landing ahead.

Always. Sin never comes without consequences.

Today, let us consider what we say and do very carefully. Is it in God’s will? Are we obeying completely?

I don’t like the idea of jumping out of airplanes. But, even more than that… …I don’t like the idea of jumping out of God’s will.

Have a Blessed Day
Pastor Terry
Family Worship Center

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