The grip is the foundation to determining success. Even though you might make contact with the ball or be able to throw it, the correct grip makes it much easier to be consistent and grow in the game. A poor grip will only take you so far and often you will have to unlearn and learn again if you hope to progress.
The same is true in our spiritual life. What we choose to hold on to and how we chose to hold it is foundational to our spiritual growth. The Bible is clear on this.
Cling to God, hold lightly to the things of the world.
Many people, even Christians, often put their security in what they own, what they have in the bank account, or in their past achievements. This isn’t at all new. King David made mention of it as well.
“Some trust in chariots and some in horses” (Psalm 20:7).
But the things of the world are fallible. They fail. They die. They rust. They get stolen.
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal” (Matthew 6:19).
Instead we are told to “hold lightly to the things of this world” (1 Corinthians 7:29-31). Be ready to let them go. To release them. They will all disappear eventually and for all eternity.
Conversely, we are told to hold on to God; we should “trust in the name of the LORD our God” (Psalm 20:7).
And how should we hold?
“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful” (Hebrews 10:23).
“My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me” (Psalm 63:8).
“Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess” (Hebrews 4:14).
“Christ is faithful as the Son over God’s house. And we are his house, if indeed we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope in which we glory” (Hebrews 3:6).
If we want to grow in our spiritual walk, If we want to be able to handle difficult and challenging situations, If we want to enable our faith to grow, then we must start with the first step. We must make sure that our grip is correct. Then, hold on—firmly, unswervingly, tightly—to God.