DAY NINETEEN: THE SIN IN SAFETY
The master was furious. ‘That’s a terrible way to live! It’s criminal to live cautiously like that! If you knew I was after the best, why did you do less than the least? The least you could have done would have been to invest the sum with the bankers, where at least I would have gotten a little interest.
-Matthew 25: 26-27 The MSG
Have you ever noticed sometimes our natural default is safe? As parents, we tell our kids not to run barefoot in the backyard. We lock the house and then recheck it ten times. We spend billions on all kinds of insurance, will only eat triple washed organic vegetables, and some of us refuse even to consider leaving the comfort of whatever it is that makes us feel safe and comfortable. Why? Because for many of us safety and comfort are the filters for everything we do. For some of us, safety has become less of an idea and more of an idol. The word sin is an old archery term that means: to miss the mark. Maybe Jesus is saying in the parable of the talents when we play it safe we are actually missing the mark. Perhaps the “sin” in safety is that a life whose only goal is to be safe and secure doesn’t really need a savior. When our goal becomes running toward the safe and comfortable what we are actually doing is running away from our real purpose. God is not calling us to live safe, small lives. God is calling us to be risk-taking, fearless, bold people on a mission worthy of His investment.
Merciful God, help us today to move away from pursuing only safety and comfort in our lives and lead us to the purpose you uniquely created us for. Help us to remember we are who you say we are, and we can do what you say we can do. Help us to recognize there is gold in us, and in this season of prayer prompt us as individuals and as a church to KEEP DIGGING AND NEVER SETTLE.