My favourite class for Outdoor Ed was abseiling, especially the part where you could literally walk, run and jump down the face of a cliff!
With the right equipment what was once physically impossible suddenly became possible, and gravity defying stunts were made with confidence because we knew we were in safe hands. It’s the same in life. When you know you are safe, you walk and live with a ‘gravity defying’ confidence. The good news is that every single one of us has access to the ‘equipment’ that allows us to do this.
1 Corinthians 1:8 says that, ‘God will sustain you to the end, so that you will be free from all blame on the day when our Lord Jesus Christ returns’ (ESV/ NLT).
The Greek word for ‘sustain’ literally means, ‘to walk where it is solid [and] fully reliable’ (HWS). In other words, from the moment we surrender our lives to Jesus until that day we see Him face to face God enable us to walk with ‘gravity defying confidence’.
But this confidence doesn’t come from a self assuredness around our own ability, but a deep trust in what God has done for us through Jesus. In the same way that my confidence to scale the cliff came from my trust in the equipment I was using, so too our confidence comes not from our own capacity to remain pure and free from sin, but from what God has already done for us through Jesus.
The Greek word for ‘blameless’ literally means, ‘not convictable’. Even after being brought to account, called into question or placed under severe scrutiny, the one who is blameless remains completely innocent.
No matter how hard we try or how many fresh promises we make, we all fall short of God’s amazing standard of pure love and holiness. Putting trust in our own ability to live free is as foolish as trying to run down a vertical cliff with no equipment. Gravity takes hold and guarantees you will never get up again!
But those who put their trust in God will walk with confidence because they know that through Jesus death and resurrection we have been washed clean and are kept blameless until that day we see Him face to face!