For whatever reason you choose to parachute, there’s an important step when you get to the ground.
What is that can impede your progress once you’ve landed? What is it that can wear you out? What can put you in harm’s way and turn you into a target? What can leave you vulnerable to powers outside your control?
Imagine what happens to the person who tries to travel on foot with the parachute still strapped to them. The wind comes along and drags them wherever it will with accompanying injuries. The chute catches on every passing rock and branch, leaving the traveller snagged and frustrated at every rough spot.
The enemy sees the large, bright, flapping material with an enemy tied to it. There’s no opportunity for escape.
Some of you came to Christ on the parachute of necessity. Your need brought you to this place. As you descended into your new life you may have landed with a thud. The time to travel on foot has come and there is a parachute that you need to unstrap.
The past is the thing that safely brought you to your place in the Kingdom of God. But the past can also be a drag and a heavy, dangerous weight. You have to let go of your past to experience the new reality. But what is the old parachute that wants to drag behind us?