Why is it that we as people are so fascinated with “walking on the edge?” There can be great danger from walking on the edge. It seems that becoming a believer in Christ doesn’t automatically remove that part of your DNA. It takes effort and dedication to stay away from the edge. After our initial burst of excitement and glory for Christ we look around, (with Satan’s temptations) and ponder the idea of getting back to the edge of life. The edge is not our friend. That edge of life is as sharp as a knife blade, waiting to slice into your daily routine ever so slowly, prompting you to think you are losing out, not getting in on the “fun” you deserve. What you are really doing is flirting with danger, flirting with the enemy. In military terms flirting with the enemy can lead to treason. Is that where we end up spiritually, turning our loyalty and affections away from God, ever so slowly? Can we get to the edge of our life in Christ by not paying attention to where we are walking?
As I was thinking about this, I saw this picture in my mind about trying to walk on the edge of a mattress. Sounds stupid but think about it, that is nearly impossible, you spend all your time trying to stay upright and not fall. No time for the things of Christ. There is no solid ground under your feet to stabilize you, to allow you to have a firm foundation. You can actually walk on that edge and fall, bringing severe injury or even death. What a great picture of our learning to avoid the pitfalls of reaching back into the things we shed from our old sinful life. We can simply take one step to the middle of the mattress and avoid the “edge.” It is so simple to fix our focus on Christ, following close to Him, close enough to feel that hand of mercy and grace guiding your every step of life. The enemy will provide a thrill as you walk on the edge, but he knows you can not stay upright there. On the edge you soon get tired of walking and begin to run on the edge. Running on the edge will soon turn into running from God while the enemy is seeking for a spiritual fatality in your life.
We get to the edge in many innocent ways, sometimes even funny ways. Take inventory of where you are walking today. Are you getting close to the edge? Are you in the middle of the mattress, always looking for the hand of God? Remember, the edge is not a safe place, in life, in nature, or in your walk with Christ. I came across this article some time ago and I think it shows us some of the subtle ways we get closer to the edge.
ISN’T IT FUNNY HOW WE SLOWLY GET TO THE EDGE?
Funny how a $20.00 bill looks so big when you take it to church, but so small when you take it to the mall.
Funny how big an hour serving God looks and how small 60 minutes are when spent watching television, playing sports, sleeping or taking a lunch break.
Funny how long a couple of hours spent at church are but how short they are when watching a good movie.
Funny how we get thrilled when a football game goes into overtime, but we complain when a sermon is longer that the regular time.
Funny how laborious it is to read a chapter in the Bible and how easy it is to read 200-300 pages of a best-selling novel.
Funny how we believe what newspapers say, but question what the Bible says.
Funny how people scramble to get a front seat at a concert, but scramble to get a back seat at the church service.
Funny how we cannot fit a gospel meeting into our schedule with our yearly planner but we can schedule for other events at a moment’s notice.
Funny how we look forward to that big date on Friday night, but complain about getting up for church on Sunday morning.
Funny how we are rarely late to work, but always late to church.
Funny how we call God our Father and Jesus our brother but find it hard to introduce them to our family.
Funny how small our sins seem, but how big their sins are.
Funny how we demand justice for others but expect mercy from God.
Funny how much difficulty some have learning the gospel well enough to tell others, but how simple it is to understand and explain the latest gossip about someone else.
Funny how we can’t think of anything to say when we pray, but don’t have any difficulty thinking of things to talk about to a friend.
Funny how we are so quick to take directions from a total stranger when we are lost but are hesitant to take God’s direction for our lives.
Funny how so many churchgoers sing but all they do is sit on the premises.
Funny how people want God to answer their prayers but refuse to listen to His counsel.
Funny how we sing about heaven but live only for today.
Funny how people think they are going to heaven, but don’t think there is a Hell.
Funny how it is okay to blame God for evil and suffering in the world, but it is not necessary to thank Him for what is good and pleasant.
Get away from the EDGE!