Pastor's Pen by Cliff Henry

“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith: who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2


When I was a young boy, I remember watching on television a family of tightrope walkers called the Flying Wallendas. They were at that time the most recognized and probably greatest tightrope walkers in the world. They would tightrope walk over rivers and buildings, and in circus acts; you name it and it seemed they did it. Topping it off, they would perform without a safety net!

I was shocked to learn years later that Karl Wallenda, the father of the family, had fallen to his death. What I could glean from reading of the incident was that he was in San Juan, Puerto Rico with a tightrope stretched between two high-rise buildings. He had failed to keep his concentration on tightrope walking and instead thought about falling, according to his wife, a huge mistake in that line of work.

A person’s focus can mean the difference between life and death. Hebrews 12:2 explains that a person’s life needs to be directed upon the Lord Jesus Christ, in faith, if they are to receive eternal life. To place it upon something or someone else will lead to eternal death. God gives every person the freedom of will to make the decision of whom they will follow. What a tragedy to think that something or someone else besides Jesus had the power to save a soul.

Upon whom are you focused for your soul’s eternal safe-keeping?


“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”

1 Timothy 2:5


Think about it.

Cliff Henry is the pastor of Greenland Baptist Church. He can be reached at​