Staying on course…
“…let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus,…” Hebrews 12:1b-2a (NIV)
This past week has seen amazing footage of “ordinary civilians” becoming ‘astronauts’. This has been only for a few minutes, as Sir Richard Branson and Joe Benzos both launched their respective public paying sub-orbit flights.
They were not able to stay the course of extended weightlessness, as they did not make the orbital mark. The International Space Station is in an orbit around the world at 408km above the earth. When it was still in service, the Space Shuttle used to join with the ISS, delivering crew and supplies.
There is a continual tension for any space craft that is in orbit around the world. There is the gravitational pull of the earth and the vast expanse of space. If a spacecraft succumbs to the gravitational pull of the earth, it would burn and crash on earth. If it over corrects so as to resist the gravitational pull, it could spin off in deep space. On the Space Shuttle a computer made these corrections through burning small thruster rockets to keep it on course.
When we become followers of Jesus through a “conversion” process, we enter into a spiritual orbit with God. We seek to grow in our discipleship, and hunger and thirst to become more like Jesus. However, there are “forces” which would seek to take us off course in our orbit with God. If we allow the gravitational pull of the world to impact us, we run the risk of burning and crashing to the ground. If we allow indifference and a despondency to influence us, we could end up far away from God.
In the same way a space craft needs to make adjustments to stay on course, so do we as disciples of Jesus. When we do this we will stay the course, finish the race. For clarification, the course / race marked out for us is to keep focused on Jesus.
The corrective thrusters to help us do this is Prayer and study of the Bible. As we come out of the pandemic restrictions, let us meet together around the Word and pray for the Holy Spirit to internally course correct us.