My classroom called life…Kingdom lessons

My desire is to abide

Sick of living safe January 5, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — charredsmore @ 3:22 am

(I wrote this Jan. 27, 2007)

Walking in the authority Jesus has given me.  Do I live in this reality?  Do I believe it?  Do I expect it?  lion.jpg

John 14
Jesus tells us He must go to the Father and will send us the Holy Spirit.  Through this Holy Spirit we are to do what Jesus had been doing and even GREATER things.  What?  Jesus healed the leper, drove out demons, multiplied food, made wine out of water, even raised the dead.  Jesus is not a liar.  He would not say these words unless they were true for us. 

I can not deny that I have a burning desire deep within me to be a part of these miraculous things, these Kingdom works.  There is a longing for more within my heart.  This longing must have been placed in me by my Maker.  I have come to the conclusion that we were made for so much more.  Will we believe it?  Will we walk in it? 

Chronicles of Narnia (movie quote):
Mr. Tumnus: [of Aslan] He’s not a tame lion.
Lucy Pevensie: No… but he’s good.

Our King is not tame, but He sure is good.  He is not safe, but who wants to live safe anyway?  A pastor shared his heart last night:  “Everything in my life is safe.  I am sick of living safe.  Since when was the gospel safe?  Look at the lives of the disciples, they weren’t living safe.  This kind of life is not for the faint of heart, but for the crucified of heart.”

What does your heart ask of Him?  What are you longing for, but afraid to ask.  Do not fear.  His perfect love drives out fear.  I am curious to know your thoughts…have you pondered these things?  Have you seen these things?  Have you looked into these greater things Jesus spoke of almost 2,000 years ago?  Does your heart long for His Kingdom to come?

“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.”

-Luke 12:32

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5 Responses to “Sick of living safe”

  1. paulwwalters Says:

    on the topic of safety…

    I find that the church mostly sends messages of comfort and security (true to a degree, as you are assured of salvation) but often this brings about an inward church and a church that is unwilling to confront reality and be the light.

    so often times we are seen as this little group with our Christian bookstores and Christian coffeehouses and Christian fellowship and Christian camps and Christian youth events… and all we do is dig in against the “assaults” of the big bad world. Well I think the world is just treating us the way we treat them, with our Christian/non divisions and our isolationism.

    Our command was to go out into the world and reach people, not just to go to various locations on earth and build up Christian bunkers.

    It’s about friendship, about that guy we know that’s really cool, look where I was before I knew Him and where I am now. It shouldn’t be a list of requirements of what you have to do before you can get in and then access another list of more stringent requirements (see also: Scientology). The people most would say “oh, we wouldn’t want that type going to our church”, those are the people who need it. The sick need the hospitals, not the healthy. I hope they don’t end up in that church, because they won’t benefit from it. They would only receive a more drastic impression of how intolerant and hypocritical we are.

    And so I hope for a people who will get their feet wet, who will jump off the edge and find that it was just as flat and landable as the part they jumped off of, and that where they landed is where Jesus wanted them to be the whole time! I think that being afraid of losing your soul and staying in church all the time is the wrong thing to do, and that it is very selfish of us to let ourselves be comfortable and safe. We should risk it all for the One who gave it all to us, for us. Do we doubt His ability to pull us through? A raindrop doesn’t roll off a leaf without His permission! When we isolate ourselves our god becomes us and comfort.

    He didn’t promise comfort, why do we feel entitled to it?

    gosh this is such a pointless rant.

  2. charredsmore Says:

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts Paul.

    We do tend to isolate, divide, comfort, people please and therefore become numb to the message of Christ and His commands. Sad but true in our culture. Good thing God is transforming our minds and raising up a people that are in LOVE with Him more than themselves, the world, and others.

  3. paulwwalters Says:

    And it’s so common for churches to try everything to pull people into their church, when really they should be sending the church out to the people.

  4. paulwwalters Says:

    If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair.
    C. S. Lewis

    I sometimes wander whether all pleasures are not substitutes for joy.
    C. S. Lewis

  5. Melissa Says:

    Wow, I really like how you wrote, Paul, “The sick need the hospitals, not the healthy.” How true! I love it!


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