How low can I go?

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There is a game called the limbo dance(game). A horizontal bar, known as the limbo bar, is supported by two vertical bars. All contestants must attempt to go under the bar with their backs facing toward the floor. When passing under the bar, players must bend backwards. 

No part of their body is allowed to touch the bar, and no part other than their feet may touch the ground. They must not turn their head or neck to the side. Whoever knocks the bar off or falls is eliminated. After everyone has passed under the bar in this manner, the bar is lowered slightly and the contest continues. The contest ends when only one person can pass under the bar (Wikipedia).

Shemika Campbell hails from a long line of limbo. Both her mother and her grandmother were limbo dancers, carrying on the traditionally Trinidadian form of dance. Shemika is keeping up the family legacy, taking limbo to a whole new low. She has set three Guinness World Records, including the record for lowest limbo at only 8.5 inches. 

A person can allow their physical body to get very low as we have seen in the previous example, but unfortunately man can also allow his spiritual body to lower itself. There are many things in this life that can bring us down very low. Pay attention to the words of Paul" “19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, [murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God (Galatians 5:19-21).

How low does Paul tell us we can go? He says in verse 21 that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. In other words, we can miss heaven because of our worldly conduct. These things bring us down if we practice them. If we stop practicing them, and repent, we can bring ourselves back up to the higher position God expects.  Under these circumstances, man still has hope.

We can see this very thing happening to the Corinthians. Listen to the words of Paul once again. "9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God," (1 Corinthians 6:9-11). Many Corinthians rose above it.

Of course, we can place ourselves in the position where there is no hope which would be the lowest place man can find himself. If I fall into a pit, and someone extends a ladder, rope or even their hand to me, I must use these avenues to exit the pit. If I refuse to use the necessary things extended to me, then I have taken away my lifeline.

It was intolerable for the apostate under the Law of Moses, but how much more so for one under the law of Christ with its privileges and forgiveness. The writer of Hebrews explains this to us in Hebrews 10:26-31. "26 For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries. 28 Anyone who has rejected Moses’ law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know Him who said,  “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. And again,  “The Lord will judge His people.” 31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God."

How low can I go?  Don’t find out by losing your soul.

Hear His Word – (Romans 10:17) Believe His Word(Christ)–(John 8:24–Hebrews 11:6) Genuine Repentance – (Luke 13:3) – Acts 2:38) Confess Christ – (Romans 10:10 – Acts 8:37) Baptism In Water – (Mark 16:16 – Acts 22:16) Live Faithful Until Death – (Revelation 2:10)       

Tim Craven is a member of McArthur Heights Church of Christ. He can be reached at karlcraven10@att.net.