November 9, 2016
How’s Your Grip?
Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. – 1 Thessalonians 5:21
The word grip has various definitions in the dictionary, and it can be used as either a noun or a verb. In its noun form, there is a grip that we attach to fingers to help separate papers, and a grip can also refer to the rubber-like substance used on socks and other objects to prevent sliding. In its verb form, grip means the action we make by tightening our hands or limbs around something. When our grip on an object gets tighter, we are able to withstand greater opposing forces for longer periods of time without dropping the object.
At times, the difference between a good or bad grip can make the difference between a good or bad experience. For example, recently I watched a video of a woman who was water skiing and lost her grip on the rope. She flipped over her skis and sailed head first into the water—probably not the thrill she was seeking when she went out in the boat that morning! On the other hand, most of us have been the beneficiaries of grips located on stairs, bathtubs, and other slippery places. We probably do not even notice they are there, but we might have noticed if they were not!
Our focus verse tells us to “hold fast that which is good,” which is another way of saying that we need to have a good grip on the Gospel. The Gospel is an anchor that will not move or slide away, and we must be determined not to let anything separate us from it. Even more consequential than crashing into the water or taking a tumble down some stairs, losing our grip on the Gospel would mean losing eternal life.
We begin taking hold of the Gospel when we receive salvation, and our deeper experiences strengthen our grip. Concentrating on our goal of Heaven helps us stay steady, and as we study God’s Word and apply it to our lives, our grip grows firmer. Then, we are better able to withstand the trials and temptations that come into each of our lives. Satan might try to tell us that we are holding on too tightly—that we need to ease up a bit and adjust our grip. But we do not have to be persuaded by his lies. If we are holding on tightly to that which is good, no adjustments are necessary.
When we take hold of something knowing that we will need to hang on to it for a long time, it is important that we set our grip to last. That is what we need in the Gospel—a grip that will last until the day we arrive at our heavenly home. We want to set our hearts on God’s will for our lives, get a good grip, and hold on with a daily determination to follow His leading.
How is your grip today?