Tight Rope Walker
Originally scheduled for September 30
One of the more entertaining acts that can be
found in a circus is that of the tight rope walker. To climb a fatal
distance above the ground and venture out on a single strand seems
to be an act of daring, bordering on the foolhardy. If you were to
poll the crowd looking for volunteers to follow the tight rope
walker, they would be very, very few. How does that tight rope
walker do it?
First, he keeps his eye on the prize.
If you will look at his head and eyes you will see that he is
focused on the other end of the rope; the platform he’s going to
arrive at eventually. This technique keeps his body correctly
aligned to stay on the rope.
Obviously, you need some sense of
balance. Depending on the circumstances, he may carry a large pole
which assists in balancing things. Generally, this poll is evenly
split between left side and right side to assist in keeping his
Third, he must train himself to
ignore all distractions. In a public performance, there may be
somebody who’s yelling at him. In a circus, there is someone going,
“Popcorn! Peanuts!” There may be a band playing. There may be other
acts in the other two rings in the circus. All of this must be
completely dismissed from his mind.
Finally, his attitude is greatly
formed by the consequences of failure. It’s much more impressive to
walk a tight rope with no net below you. That’s because of the
consequence of failure — death. All his preparations must take this
The Christian life is like that, in some ways.
We may not recognize it, but walking a tight rope can be a good
analogy to the Christian life. For example:
Your eyes must be fixed on the prize
— Jesus. You must focus on him in prayer. You should regularly read
the Scripture and memorize portions of it. Other Christian authors
may be of help also. You should listen to those who were appointed
to teach and preach to you. And in the quiet of your life you should
meditate on the things you have learned and experienced.
You must also maintain a sense of
balance. The Christian life is not one simply of prayer and
meditation; it includes an active life. Faith without works is dead.
Prayer is important; so is charity. Balance these things in your
Distractions. Have you ever felt the
annoyance of somebody who answers his cell phone in the middle of a
church service? It’s a little less annoying during the rock ‘n’ roll
music session than it is during the quiet of communion — but it’s
still a distraction. Focus on the most important thing; as much as
possible, remove the distractions in your life.
Remember the consequences of failure
— Hell. This is not just an exercise which determines which country
club you will join. Life leads to Heaven or Hell; in a very real
sense you get to choose which.
Communion as devised by our Lord follows this
Our eyes are focused on the one event
most important in Christian life: the Crucifixion. In communion we
remember the sacrifice that he made which made our salvation
Communion balances our Christian
life. It increases our faith and inspires our works.
Did you ever wonder why communion is
done so solemnly? Distractions!
As Judas would know, there is a
Heaven to gain and a Hell to shun. Communion tells you who has paid
the price of your entrance to Heaven.
As you partake this morning, examine your life.
Is it focused on Jesus Christ? Is it well balanced between faith and
works? Have you shut out the distractions from the Christian life?
Self-examination is good for the soul as it tends to lead you to
heaven and eternity with your Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, examine
yourself and partake in a worthy manner.