Many of us slip up in our lives and we often mistake these slip ups for fallings. As a Christian, there have been many times when I slipped up and did something that I did not want to do, or when I did not do something that I wish I had done (see Romans 7:15). When I make these mistakes, I have often felt like I have fallen away from God or that I was no longer saved because of this action and I would then wait until the next church camp or whatever to get saved again.
What I did not understand is that my actions are not what cause me to be saved or not saved; I also did not realise that I could slip up with out being fallen, down, and out.
With the new year, many of us have new resolutions that we may be attempting to uphold – to stop watching this or that, to start going to the gym, to eat better, to be better with money, or whatever. With these resolutions, many of us will slip up and then take our slip ups as a full stop and then give up. WE ALL SLIP!!!! It is okay; you don’t have to fall with every slip. In fact, one of the proverbs of the Bible tells us to “Lie not in wait as a wicked man against the dwelling of the righteous; do no violence to his home; for THE RIGHTEOUS FALLS SEVEN TIMES AND RISES AGAIN, but the wicked stumble in times of calamity (Proverbs 24:15, 16).” This is to say that the righteous man might fall many times but he always gets back up, so one should not try to fight or test that man; but, a wicked man will stay down.
The righteous are those of us who make mistakes and slip up (those of us who have resolutions that we will not always keep) but rise again! Paul of the Bible says that he dies to the flesh daily (1 Corinthians 15:31); every day is a new day and a chance to start over and renew our resolutions or make new ones. We don’t have to wait for “special occasions” to “get saved again”; instead, we die daily and are born again (anew in Christ) daily!
Of all super-hero comics, one series has always been one of the most popular: Spider-Man. Spider-Man has always done well, because he is the most relatable super hero. Super Man is an alien; Batman is a billionaire; Captain America is an old war hero; but, Spider-Man is just a kid from Brooklynn. Spider-Man doesn’t have great powers or a lot of money or anything really. His power is to be like a little spider…. he can still get stepped on. In fact, he makes jokes about how the bad guys get tired of punching him and that’s how he ends up winning. He has died more than any other super hero. But, SPIDER-MAN ALWAYS RISES AGAIN!!!! Spider-Man has literally gone to hell and back several times in his comics, because what we all love about Spidey is that he is passionate and he always gets back up!
Let’s all make this year the year of Spidey! With all of our resolutions – to be healthier, to eat better, to live better, to stop a certain sin, or whatever – let’s all be prepared to slip up and know that it’s okay to make these little slips – so that we can rise again, start anew the next day (every day), and live like Spidey!
Die, daily; live anew, daily!
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Reading / Reference List:
I love the Bible commentaries from Oxford and from Temper and Longman III; those are the ones I used when examining Proverbs 24.
The Tangible Kingdom by Hugh Halter and Matt Smay has taught me a great deal about what it means to slip up and show the world that we all slip up so that we can reach the world!
Read Spider-Man comics!!!!