May 082012

The rush of jumping out of a plane, the exhilaration of the free fall, and the thrill of watching the ground rush up to meet you … are just three of the many reasons I will probably never go skydiving!

But it struck me the other day that, much like a skydiver, we are all hurtling headlong toward something we cannot avoid: the end of our lives. For some of us that end will come sooner, and for others it will be later. But we will all “touch down” at some point.

The question is: what happens then? This may sound simple, but the answer basically boils down to two questions: Do you have a parachute? and Have you pulled the ripcord?

You see some people living life in a total free fall–out of control, head over heels, and headed for certain destruction. Others have managed to more or less glide through life, taking in the view along the way and enjoying the ride. But if you don’t have a parachute, it doesn’t matter how gracefully you plummet toward the ground–the result will be the same.

For our spiritual well-being, what we need is a lot like a parachute: a way to touch down gracefully when we reach the end of the line. The Bible tells us that those who have put their faith in Jesus as savior have “put on Christ” (Galatians 3:26,27). Putting on Christ is more than a learning process. Agreeing with the facts about who He is and what He has done is like learning how a parachute works, but fully trusting Him for our eternal spiritual well-being is like putting that parachute on and pulling the ripcord.

Do you have a spiritual parachute, or are you still in a free fall?  Turn to God and put your trust in Jesus Christ today. Don’t delay–the end might be closer than you think!

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).

“For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God” (1 Peter 3:18).

“I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Myself” (Exodus 19:4).