Last Sunday, I was wearing rain boots on a rainy day. I went outside to leave my house, but then, I realized I had forgotten something. I quickly went inside, strode across the kitchen floor, and suddenly, I was ice skating . . . but worse. With ice skating you mainly go forwards and backwards, with my rain boot skates I was slipping everywhere. After I attempted to regain my balance with my other foot, I fell onto the small of my back with much fanfare.
When we fall as Christians, it can be quietly or with much arm waiving as we try to regain our balance only to fall anyway. We can fall in front of a large group of Christians, in sight of our own families or a single family member, or we can even fall alone. We can fall away for a while or we can fall quickly and immediately right ourselves. Let’s face it; there are many ways to fall.
I am a follower of Jesus, but I stumble and slip in my fleshly rain boots and fall smack down on the ground. I’ve fallen as a mom before. I’ve fallen as a wife. I’ve fallen as a disciple of Jesus. However, it’s not the fact that I’ve fallen that really matters, it’s the fact that I didn’t stay there.
If you feel like you’ve fallen as a Christian, you don’t have to remain fallen. Just like when I slipped in my rain boots, I didn’t have to keep the title “fallen.” I fell (notice the past tense). I got up. My back hurts (and quite a bit of my pride), but yunno what . . . I wasn’t where I wanted to be when I was fallen.
I want to be standing. I want to be standing with God in a right relationship with Him.
Romans 3:23-24 states, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”
We’ve all fallen and we all have grace that comes through simply accepting Jesus’s gift of redemption. I’m not saying your butt isn’t going to hurt and your neck isn’t going to be stiff. We have our consequences, but “the Lord upholds all who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down” (Psalm 145: 14, ESV).
Sometimes we can’t get our eyes off of all of the people who saw us fall. Maybe our family saw us in our sinful moment of screaming and yelling, maybe our church body knows how we lost our temper with the new member at the prayer meeting, or maybe it’s bigger than that, maybe everyone knows that we did something “huge” and we think we can’t ever emerge from the shame. Only . . . that’s not how it works in God’s body. Allow those around you to embrace you and pull you back up again. No one should remain fallen in the body of Christ.
“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone?” Ecclesiastes 4:9-11
Lastly, some of you may still feel fallen because. . . . no one knows. It’s a secret that you fear every day will surface. If you are in a place where you have not yet come to repentance, allow God to heal you. “You have forsaken the love you had at first. Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first” (Revelation 2:4b-5a). Remember your first love! Know his grace and his redemption once again, don’t remain fallen from his love. He wants to restore you.
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