Today’s Scripture: Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus: Colossians 1:28

You don’t need a pilot’s license to know that without forward motion, an airplane will soon crash to the ground. One girl, who wasn’t very bright, sat in the cockpit of a four-seat, propeller-driven plane, when the aircraft suddenly crashed. Before investigators checked the black box to determine the cause of the accident, they interviewed the girl, who had miraculously survived the incident without injury. She told them, “I was getting too cold, so I turned off the big fan in front.” That will do it every time.

Few people would turn off a plane’s engine in the middle of a flight; nevertheless, some Christians attempt to do this in their spiritual lives. They coast through life without the power of the Holy Spirit providing them with thrust and lift. Then they act surprised when they take a nosedive and have an accident.

The Christian life doesn’t work this way. We need a daily dose of power and strength. This is found as we spend quality time in the Word of God and in prayer. As we speak to God, and allow Him to speak to us, He gives us the means to soar through each day.

We should never look at the Christian life like we are coasting downhill. Just as an airplane doesn’t do well if it slows down in the air, neither will we if we slow down in our daily walk. Don’t coast in the Christian life – keep moving forward!

Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.