What is the point of your life?
Is it to live in comfort and safety, taking all due measures to increase security? Making money, making friends, keeping up with the Jones’ and being nice?
Or… is it to make a radical difference in the world around you? To take the chance of being hated and making enemies, to have your friends misunderstand and disapprove of you… to invest in people that don’t look salvageable, in being different from the folks around you?
I say it’s the second one. We know that things are temporary, souls are eternal. We know that *our* souls are saved and in the hands of our King. John 10: 27-29 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. We know what the great commission is: Matthew 28: 19 -20 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.
Taking the circles of relationship into a marine metaphor (as has been done by CS Lewis) – one could think of your first circle of relationship as boat maintenance. You make sure your hull is patched up, check for barnacles, make sure you have all your gear, etc. The second circle of relationship is how you’re relating to other boats in your fleet – can you sail together for a purpose, are you staying in communication, is everyone working together? The third circle is where you actually go out and sail. How does your little boat manage the sea?
I feel like a lot of the time, Christians tend to sail cautiously around the harbor and maybe do some formation work, when we really ought to be getting out to sea. The battle has been won – and I get the honor of participating anyway! Why do I keep hovering around home base, hoping not to get dirty? I can’t *lose*. 1 John 5:4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith And I am *commanded to sail*. I am commanded to tell others about Christ. I have been equipped for the battle… why am I sitting at home, hoping someone else will handle it?
Remember that *this* is not Heaven. This Earth is our place of work. It’s the place where we’re supposed to strive to the uttermost, take some chances, invest in our Master’s plan. Matthew 25:14-30 (the Parable of the talents) Playing it safe is *not* what He told us to do! We’ve all already won. It’s time to get in the battle and see if we can’t get a few more folks out of enemy hands before the field is cleared for all of time.
Let’s get out there and be fearless!