I’ll never forget walking up the steps leading to the Temple in Jerusalem. Marble steps, thousands of years old. Jesus and His disciples used these same ones. We sat down on them, imagining ourselves with Jesus!
Our tour Bible teacher talked about these steps, and what was most interesting was that every other step was of a different depth. One marble block set deep. The next rather shallow. Making the climb most treacherous, especially if you weren’t paying attention. Could easily land on ‘all fours’, bruised and battered.
What we’re told next is fascinating. They’re planned that way, so that no one could run up those steps, barging into the Temple. You had to watch your step.
Peter says something similar, urging us to godly living. Confirming our conversion by being careful to live for Jesus.
2 Peter 1: 5-9– Step up on faith. Then virtue… knowledge… self-control… steadfastness… godliness… familial affection. Ultimately, reaching love as God shows it.
Like going up those steps to the Temple. One at a time. Watch your step. Takes concentration and single-mindedness–focusing on Him.
Let me admit that I have bruises all over. I’ve stumbled and tripped in life, fallen flat on my face too many times. We’ve all fallen. But Jesus knows that we’re made of dust and clay.
As much as we fall, He’s right there to pick us up, listen to our cries, hear our apologies and excuses, and stand with us as we head back up those stairs, one at a time. With care and thought. Slowly but surely.
When we get to heaven, with Jesus by our side, the gates will open wide! No stumbling! No falling! Step right in! Welcome home!
Lord, thank you for being there for us. In Jesus’ name. Amen.