The story is told of a small boy, the son of a Christian worker in Afghanistan. He and his father were climbing the steep rock cliffs that rise above the city of Kabul. Mark, the little boy, suddenly found himself trapped on a narrow ledge, unable to move either up or down. He was frightened, and cried out to his father.
"Go ahead! Jump! I will catch you!" Mark's father said, and reached his hands toward his trembling son. There was a substantial distance between Mark's small body and his father's strong hands.
The boy looked down at the city of Kabul stretched out like a carpet so far below them. His heart sank. But finally he held his breath, closed his eyes and jumped, landing safely in his father's arms.
Years later, when thinking about that childhood incident, Mark realized that several things led to his decision to trust his father. He was sure that his father's size and strength were sufficient to bear his weight. He knew that his father loved him and did not want anything hurtful to happen to him. He was confident that his father knew it was safe to jump.
A comparison can be made with Biblical trust, or faith. Receiving Christ is not just intellectual or passive. It requires commitment. It has been compared to a man jumping out of an airplane from 10,000 feet with a parachute. Before he went up in the airplane, he had faith in the parachute. He had every reason to believe it would open when needed. He boldly confessed to his friends and family that it was safe. He would have argued with anyone that the parachute would open. There was not a doubt in his mind.
However, such supreme faith in the parachute was dead, or lifeless, unless he was willing to jump out of an airplane with it. It reminds me of James 2:20: "Faith without deeds is useless" (NIV, or "dead," KJV). Ultimately, his trust in the parachute was tested when it became the only difference between life and death for him. His faith was so strong that He literally committed his life to it.
That is the way God wants us to trust Him -- with abandonment. With Him, it is always safe to jump, and fully put our trust in Him. Regarding His faithfulness and the reliability of His Word, God says to us, "Go ahead! Jump!"
Proverbs chapter 3, verse 5, exhorts us to, "Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight" (NIV).
Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,
The late Dr. Bill Bright was Founder and President/Chairman Emeritus of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization which began as a campus ministry in 1951 and now has more than 27,000 full-time staff and up to 500,000 trained volunteer staff in 196 countries in areas representing 99.6 percent of the world's population. In the past 50 years, Campus Crusade for Christ has seen approximately 6 billion exposures to the gospel worldwide. The film, "JESUS," which Bright conceived and funded through Campus Crusade for Christ, is the most widely translated and viewed film of any type ever produced. Since its use began in 1980, the film has been translated into 839 languages and viewed or listened to by over 5.7 billion people in 228 countries. Dr. Bright was also the author of more than fifty books. Visit campuscrusade.com for more details
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