Daredevil Nik Wallenda became the first person to walk on a tightrope across the Niagara Falls, taking steady, measured steps 1,800 feet across the mist-fogged brink of the roaring falls separating the U.S. and Canada. Afterward, he said he accomplished the feat through “a lot of praying, that’s for sure. But, you know, it’s all about the concentration, the focus, and the training. This is what dreams are made of,” Wallenda said shortly after he began walking the wire that he took steady, measured steps amid the rushing mist over the falls and along the way, he calmly prayed aloud.
There is someone else that walked a tightrope _ a tightrope of living for God. Jesus balanced solitude with servitude. He balanced living for others with living for God. He gave up his life for others, but he didn’t give up his identity for others or sacrifice time with God for worldly events. He did what he came to do and he let nothing stand in his way.
That’s the challenge facing us today. If you want to experience the fulfillment that comes from living the life God has planned for you, organize your life like Jesus organized his. Jesus spent time alone with God. He needed the strength that comes from spiritual solitude, and so do you. Jesus lived with a sense of purpose. His God-given mission defined his priorities, goals, schedule and itinerary. God has a purpose for you, too.
Now training is essential if you are going to safely reach the tightrope between heaven and earth. That training begins by giving your life to Jesus. To turn from self (that’s repentance) _ to acknowledge that Jesus is God (that’s confession) _ to be totally immersed in Jesus (that’s baptism) _ to live a faithful life committed to pleasing God (that’s enduring to the end).
In his walk on life’s tightrope Jesus decided what was important to him and he followed through. Now it’s your turn so what will it be?