And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 1 Peter 5:10
Our family received an invite to ice skating that went like this, “Skating is free, skates are free, falling is free, getting up comes with a cost!” Pretty funny but oh too true at least at my age anyway!! All jokes aside this invite got me thinking how it actually can be applied to life in Jesus.
“Skating (life) is free… (Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.), skates (what you need for life) is free… (2 Timothy 3:17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.), falling is free… (1 Timothy 6:20 Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to your care. Turn away from godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge, which some have professed and is so doing have wandered from the faith. Grace be with you.), getting up comes with a cost!” …. Oh yes it does!
Getting up always comes with a cost! Think of the look on that ol’ devils face when Jesus got up from the grave!! 1 Corinthians 15:55-57 “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus got up and it cost the devil the victory over us!! Every time we follow Jesus example and choose to get up it cost the devil another victory.
Jesus died for the fallen (Romans 5:8) so that the fallen could choose to get up… to keep getting up. In Genesis 3:15 God tells the devil he will strike His heal but God will crush his head! Don’t you think if you were given that prognosis you would be looking for every chance you could to prevent your head crushing!!?! All throughout the Bible and history in general you see evidence of this, but God’s plan will not be thwarted (Job 42:2)! Just because the devil’s got a head crushing prognosis do not let him make you believe you do too!
You are on the winning side in Jesus! He got up, so that you can too! The enemy is fighting for your soul, to keep you down and if not for eternity at least down long enough to render you ineffective for His kingdom in this life. Get up my friend, AS MANY TIMES AS YOU NEED TO. Get up, keep skating, He died so you could do it freely!! Believe Jesus.
Independent read: Isaiah 61:1-4