There are many points where the righteous will fall; but the beautiful thing about the salvation of Christ is that a fall is not the end.
Peter F. Drucker describes today’s world as that of overwhelming complexities, accelerated change and tremendous competition. What this means is that we are often thrown into a pressure pool to achieve preset goals as part of our daily lives. However, these goals sometimes conflict with our values and belief. Consequently, we fall.
The Jews therefore said unto him that was cured, it is the Sabbath day: it is not lawful for thee to carry thy bed.
This lame man was bound in sickness by his own sin, but Christ, rich in love and mercy, forgave him and healed him. Afterwards, he melted into the crowd. Not long after, the tempter came forth in the voice of the Pharisees to shake the new man. You see, the enemy prefers to see you in an unfortunate state; curled up in misery; hopeless and pining. Essentially, the Jews were saying to the formerly lame man that, “We’ve grown accustomed to seeing you lame, we can’t bear to see you change”.
Note that the battle is never merely about the limitations of your persecutors. For instance, it is never about the fact that your lameness makes them more comfortable in their own infirmity; that your freedom challenges their comfort zone. Rather, it is ultimately about Satan’s agenda to shortchange you, for we wrestle not against flesh and blood.
Just in case you were thinking that you’re the first to be tempted, think again. The devil tried Christ after the latter was acknowledged as the son of God before the witnesses at the baptism of John the Baptist. That was the point where Christ was introduced in flesh as the first born son and custodian of the ministry of reconciliation, which he later passed on to his disciples. Therefore, every time anyone accepts Christ, there is an echo of this declaration. See why he hounds you？
He answered them, He that made me whole, the same said unto me, Take up thy bed, and walk
So, what happens when we fall in the cause of our daily “grind”? To continue the story of the formerly lame man, his new identity seemed threatened by the temptation. He had a choice between believing the voice of the accuser and embracing the new man. It must have been tough for him but in the end, the new man won. Wanna know how? His faith, he believed what Christ called him. (1 Jn 5:4, 4:4).
The finished work of Christ transcends a single event to an everlasting impact that begins with a change of heart (Ezekiel 36: 26, 27). It introduces you to the terrain of repentance, a place where strength begins to blossom. Repentance brings you into favour with God. The favour of God introduces change, in perception and approach, hence victory. You need to embrace your new identity, one in which God sees you through the righteousness of Christ. Jehovah beholds no iniquity in you; he has truly forgiven you, both for today and hereafter.
As far as life goes, yours becomes irrevocably eternal upon accepting Christ. The Bible says in Micah 7: 7-8 that when we sit in the dark, the Lord will be a light on to us. That is a paradox, but in every way true. God’s faithfulness is such that He never leaves, even when you fail.
Don’t wallow in your fall and forget what Christ has called you, stay connected. To be connected is to be solely and absolutely reliant: whether subtly or overtly; either in the place of groaning prayers or through quiet faith moves, being conscious of your source of strength. Have you been bound by your own sin till now? Take up your bed and walk!
Grace & Peace