In a previous Parish we used to have a great Spring Fair with lots of activities. It was a terrific community event. One of the events was a tug-of-war with a very thick marine rope. Different groups would join together and challenge others – it was great fun. The very most each team might have in weight would be 200-300 kilos.
I was thinking about this on a recent Saturday afternoon while I was watching the Shute Shield Rugby Union competition. One team had a combined weight of 860 kilos and the other around 850 kilos.
If either of these teams challenged the church teams they would make mince meat of them – total wipeout.
It would be just like the unequal contest in John Chapter 10.
Jesus said of those who have faith in Him, “I give them eternal life….and no-one can snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of My Father’s hand. I and the Father are One.” (vs.28-30)
Yet, we as Christians, standing (in the promise of God) secure in the palm of His hand can think we ARE NOT secure and that we will be snatched out of God’s hand, and that we will lose our eternal life OR we are worried that some underweight doubt in our head will snatch us away OR that at some stage our “will” might overwhelm us and cause us to jump out of God’s hand.
Well, the good news is as Jesus told us in this passage, “My Father….is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of My Father’s hand.” (vs.28-29). It is no contest….a no brainer.
Jesus has given us eternal life and God the Father keeps us in the hollow of His almighty hand.
God’s desire for us is that we might build on the foundation of our salvation, not hold on desperately for fear we’ll fall off.
Have a great day,