The Danger of Overconfidence

Dear Mosaic Family,

At the 2006 Winter Olympics, 20 year-old American Lindsey Jacobellis was the favorite to win the gold medal in snowboard cross, a competition where four snowboarders race down a hill with steep slopes, sharp turns and massive jumps.

Lindsey cruised through the qualifying and the semi-final heats without any issues as expected. In the final race, Lindsey jumped out to a quick lead. After completing 90 percent of the course, she was already 40 meters in front of the closest competitor. With two jumps left in the course, it seemed like Lindsey was locked in to get the gold. 

On the second to last jump, Lindsey – a little too confident – did a trick in midair. The trick looked great, but she didn’t land it. Lindsey lost her speed and barely made it to the finish line in time to receive second place. Lindsey and all of her fans were shocked. She continued her pursuit for gold in the 2010, 2014 and 2018 Olympics, only to go home without a medal from each competition.

If there’s one thing that Christians can take away from Lindsey Jacobellis, it is to not be overconfident. We have one shot at living the Christian life and we can’t ruin it by being reckless with our freedom. Lindsey at least took home the silver medal. Second place for us is eternal condemnation.

We were reminded last week in Pastor Jan’s energetic sermon on 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 to joyfully run the Christian race, and he gave us much reason to do so. This week, the Apostle Paul gives us a more realistic understanding of the obstacles that we’re going to encounter on our run, and teaches us how to navigate them. If you want to find out how, join us for worship tomorrow as we walk through 1 Corinthians 10:1-14, continuing with our “Prodigal Church” series.

With Love,

Andy Hoot
Pastoral Resident

This Week's Announcements

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