A couple of boys decided to see who could make the best paper airplane. One boy took a single piece of paper; the second took a ream of paper, tape, scissors, and a ruler. The first boy carefully folded the paper and his plane was done in a few minutes. A few hours later, the second boy completed his plane. It was a model of a 747. The large tubular body of the plane had two huge wings with engines hanging underneath. It had moveable elevators and ailerons. It was an impressive sight.
The boys went to test their planes. The first plane glided through the air with ease as it flew to the end of the room. The second plane immediately crashed to the floor. Though it was visually impressive, it didn’t have the characteristics of a good paper airplane – it was large, heavy, and not very aerodynamic.
Like the boy who made the 747, we often try to make things incredibly difficult when they don’t need to be. Many people say salvation must require more than belief – that it’s too easy. We want to do something magnificent to show we are worthy of it, but we are not. Christ paid the price on the cross because we couldn’t pay it ourselves. Now, it’s up to us to accept His gift.
Just as Elisha told Naaman to wash in the Jordan, we are told to believe. It’s that simple. Do it. Don’t waste your time with works that impress others but will never impress God. I urge you to listen to the words of Naaman’s servant when he said, “Wash, and be clean.” Trust Christ to wash your sins away today.
Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder