The Tightrope and the Wheelbarrow

The story is told of a great circus performer by the name of Blondin who stretch a long steel cable across Niagara Falls. During high winds and without a safety net, he walked, run, and even danced across the tightrope to the amazement and delight of a crowd of people who watched. Once he took a wheelbarrow full of bricks and amazed the crowd by pushing it effortlessly across the cable, from one side of the falls to the other. Blondin then turned to the crowd and asked, “Now, how many of you believed that I could push a man across the wire in the wheelbarrow?” The vote was unanimous. Everyone cheered and held their hands high. They believed he could do it! “Then,” asked Blondin, “would one of you please volunteer to be that man?” As quickly as the hands went up, they went back down. Not a single person would volunteer to ride in the wheelbarrow and trust his life to Blondin.

Many people say to Jesus, “Yes, I believed!” If you are among who say that, are you willing to demonstrate your belief by trusting your life to Him? Are you willing to get in the wheelbarrow and to risk everything on your faith. That’s what it means to believe. Faith is not just an intellectual exercise. It involves total commitment.

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. -Hebrews 11:1

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