We are a safety first conscious people. We would always hear of people advising us to take the safest route, to keep safe, to take care and in churches even declare that to be in the center of God’s will is the safest place on earth. Hmm, where in the Bible does it say that Christians are meant to live safe lives.
The last time I check, safe people tend to be left behind from God’s adventure for them. Christian men who play it safe never gets the girl, the promotion or the job. He would rather stay boring, secure and unchallenged. And that is the problem – with our culture of safety, it has permeated in the church and how we raise men and how we do church.
Churches that stopped reaching out to their community is playing it safe. Pulpits that are afraid to engage their community on issues of secularism, homosexuality, sexual abuse, human rights and preach repentance and the Lordship of Jesus Christ are playing it safe. When we invent terms like care group rather than disciple world changers – then we are playing it safe. When more money is spend on food than on missions – we are playing it safe.
Safe people are issue oriented rather than purpose oriented. They lose the reason why they live. They merely exist. They wait till Christ return or their death day. Safe people would rather talk about doctrine than preach and disciple. Safe people can hide behind issues rather than advance the kingdom of God.
Safety should not be the concern. In fact, Scripture tells us:
Matthew 16:25 English Standard Version (ESV)
25 For whoever would save his life[a] will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
Matthew 5:11-12 English Standard Version (ESV)
11 “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Matthew 11:12English Standard Version (ESV)
12 From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence,[a] and the violent take it by force.
And I’m just in the book of Matthew, I am barely scratching more dangerous verses that commands us to expect danger and live dangerous lives. When I say dangerous, what I don’t mean is that we try out bungee jumping, or jump off the cliff or do some crazy stunts, but rather choose to live an adventure and take faith-filled risk in life that requires audacious faith and not just mere talent.
Are you playing it safe? Time to make your life dangerous!!!