I was the girl who rode my bicycle in the center of the bike path. I was content playing Barbies in the bedroom with my neighborhood friends. I stayed (basically) within the boundaries my parents set for me.
So when I read words like this from Jesus, they sound unsafe to me:
He said, “That’s what I mean: Risk your life and get more than you ever dreamed of. Play it safe and end up holding the bag.”
Luke 19:26 (The Message)
Why would I do what’s unsafe?
Because things aren’t as they seem.
To be self-sufficient, to live to please others, to follow the rules “just in case”—those things are NOT safe.
They lead . . .
- to scarcity, not abundance
- to hypocrisy, not authenticity
- to death, not life.
They’re not just risky—they’re suicidal.
Because they’re not of faith. They’re not of Jesus. They’re of self.
And self isn’t safe.
Self can’t save.
Only Jesus can.
So once again I resolve to give it up. Risk it all. Put all my eggs in one basket. It’s Christ or bust.
The truth is, it’s the safest thing I can do.
And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.
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Are you comfortable taking risks? What’s a risk you’re about to take next?
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