In 2009, a home-built kit plane crashed near Ramona, California, killing both occupants. Some witnesses said it had been doing stunts—which the manufacturer warned the plane couldn’t do. Others who saw the plane before, and as, it crashed said they didn’t see any “extraordinary stunts”—whatever that meant. If the plane didn’t have the capacity for stunts, NO stunts should have been attempted. San Diego U-T, 5/10 & 5/11/2009
Several spiritual lessons emerge from this story. One, it’s possible to build and not crash your own plane from kits manufactured by qualified companies. But a crash is virtually inevitable if a pilot puts a plane through maneuvers the Company said it wasn’t built to withstand.
Two, it’s impossible to live by our own morality and survive Judgment intact! We can build any kind of life with which we’re comfortable—however moral or wicked, however wisely or foolishly constructed—the sand and rock being distinct models Christ instituted in Matthew 7:24-27. However, building acceptability to God as we please is like building our own plane, then flying it as we desire, not as the manufacturer determined. If we live without God in this life, get ready to crash when facing Judgment—when the books are opened and our life’s thoughts and deeds are made known.
Three, the forgiven life Jesus builds in his people can and shall withstand any challenge we presently face, whatever maneuver life puts us through, however close to failure or disaster we come. It also withstands the tremendous stress of Judgment. The Lord who overcame the world designed a life for us that also overcomes, even overcoming Judgment when all thoughts and behavior are revealed John 16:33, Revelation 3:21.
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