Top Speed

Bugatti VeyronThis is the Bugatti Veyron.  The retail price is around $1,700,000.  It is the second fastest production car in the world. The Veyron’s top speed is 253 miles per hour.  That’s faster than formula one race cars.  It has 1001 horse power, and 10 radiators!

Click on the picture to watch a video of the Veyron at top speed.  In that video, the driver explains that the car could travel 150 mph with around 250 horse power.  But, to get that additional 100 mph, engineers had to find a way to boost the horse power to over 1000.  One hundred extra miles per hour required over 750 more horse power.

That’s because the faster a car goes the more physical forces push back against it.  Wind resistance increases dramatically.  Friction with the road surface becomes almost over-whelming (which is why the host says the tires would wear out in twenty minutes at top speed).  Going faster doesn’t just become more difficult–it becomes exponentially more difficult.

Other areas of life are similar, though.  When a child enters school they learn information from all different fields of study.  Their general knowledge grows by leaps and bounds.  But, by the time that child enters college, learning takes much more work, and becomes focused on a particular field of study.  The more the student learns, the more he has to maintain his knowledge of previous material while incorporating new information.  Graduate school, likewise, proves to be even more difficult, technical, and focused than previous schooling.

We need to learn to recognize this phenomenon in our spiritual lives, as well.  The longer you live as a Christian, and the more you grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ, the harder it is to keep growing.  The scriptures you memorized before must be relearned on a regular basis while you add more scriptures to your memory banks.  The temptations you have worked hard to overcome will never go away, so you must stay on your guard against them while dealing with other temptations that you never faced before.

Our prayer lives tend to stagnate without constant and increased attention and devotion.  Our fellowship with other Christians grows cold if we do not make it a point to get to know our brothers and sisters more and more.  Evangelism falls by the way side when the ever-building friction of rejections and bad experiences causes us to neglect to share our faith with new people.

Growing to be who God wants us to be gets harder and harder every day.  And, so, many Christians just coast, content with their progress, and not realizing that they are falling behind in the race.

But, Peter told us to “make every effort” to grow in faith, virtue, knowledge, self-control, steadfastness, godliness, brotherly affection, and love.  Then he said this: “For if these qualities are yours and are increasing they will keep you from being ineffective and unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (emphasis mine)  The faith, knowledge, and godliness I have now is not enough to be effective and fruitful later.  I must grow.

I want to be effective and fruitful, but it is hard–and it doesn’t get any easier.

May we “labor and strive because we have our hope set on the living God.”


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