For my birthday this year, my wife and boys bought me a radio controlled powered glider. I like RC airplanes (especially when I’m adequately in control), but as I fly this new bird over the farm fields near our home, it’s been teaching me some parallels on life, the church, and the principles of momentum and efficiency. Maxwell has well said, “With momentum, leaders look better than they really are. Without momentum, leaders look worse than they really are.” It takes a lot of energy to build momentum, especially in the church, doesn’t it?
Back to the powered glider.
When I launch, the motor works hard on the nose, towing the glider up to altitude. Within 3 minutes, a glider with a 57” wingspan looks no bigger than a seagull 500’-600’ above. When I shut off power, the spring-loaded propellers collapse back into the fuselage, and the powered glider is now… soaring. Without a sound, it now soars for the next 15 minutes. 3 minutes of work— 15 minutes of play. Don’t you wish we could get more of those ratios out of everyday life? I sure do!
At 211 degrees, an old locomotive is completely stationary. At 212 degrees, the steam-powered locomotive weighing 160 tons starts moving. Just one degree more.
As we think about CTK and the church, we are at work— good, hard, necessary work. And without good hard work and energy, water won’t heat to 212 degrees and gliders won’t climb to realize their ultimate purpose— to soar. CTK is on an ascent, and the temperature is rising. We labor in Christ’s Kingdom. We climb alongside others when they can no longer stand. We give sacrificially for Jesus’ sake, and we sweat and persevere to occupy a building we hope and pray will bless this community— as we have been blessed. But a day will come when Christ will unleash us to further understanding our destiny. Let’s call it what it is: SOARING. The apostle Paul put it this way: “Let us not become weary of doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not grow weary.” (Gal. 6:9). Are we tired? Sure. Are we uncertain of the future? Yep. Will there be a day of harvest and soaring? Oh yea. And it will be worth all the labor and sweat and inconvenience and questions and speed bumps we encountered all along the way.
So, keep up the hard work and patience and all the loving and giving with eyes fixed intently upon Jesus. With each sacrificial act, we ascend to new vistas and patiently await the Master’s words in His good timing. “Good morning church… let’s soar today."