Float or Fall?


You could compare your spiritual life to a balloon. You could also compare the church to a balloon. My boys love them and fight over them when we go somewhere that has balloons, like restaurants. They like balloons that have regular air in them, but they LOVE the ones with helium. They float. The ones with air just fall.

by: Clayton King

There is a dangerous tendency to assume that our spirituality has to always be floating, that we need to be soaring on wings like eagles, living on the mountaintop, staying fired up for God…insert any Christian cliche here that will suffice. You get the picture. I even received an email from a youth pastor recently who asked me what advice I could give him to help keep his kids on fire for Jesus. His heart was pure, but his perspective was wrong. I had no advice for him but to scrap the whole idea of being fired up and replace it with abiding in Christ, walking in the Spirit, and living by faith in the gospel.

A helium balloon floats based on the properties of the gas inside. A regular balloon falls for the same reason. So for my boys, when we play with regular balloons, we have to keep hitting them and kicking them and chasing them to keep them from falling.

This is what we do, and this is what the church does when we keep trying to create momentum or create buzz…we have to hit and kick and chase, and do it again and again, just to keep the whole thing up. And we wear ourselves out, frustrate ourselves, and get discouraged wondering why we can’t keep people excited or dedicated, or why we feel empty in our own personal walk with Christ (because we equate spirituality with being excited and pumped up).

Are you falling or floating? Are you constantly exerting energy trying to make yourself feel better, recreating the excitement of earlier days? Is your church trapped in the prison of trying to make things happen, creating momentum with things other than the gospel? I have been there. It will wear you out and make you age fast.

What is the energy that fuels the church, and the life of the individual believer? What is the spiritual equivalent of helium? It is the simply the gospel. It is the person of Jesus Christ and the story of what He did for us on the cross and through the resurrection. It burns long and bright and does not need to be kicked around and hit back in the air to keep people interested.

Focus on the gospel. Live in it’s power. It carries it’s own momentum.

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