Jun 5, 2015 - Faith, Spiritual Growth    2 Comments

PLAYING IT SAFE

Last week I left you with what it takes to become a deep end Christian.  Things like – Determination … Risk … Bravery … Hope … Hard Work … Persistence … Fearlessness … Effort … These are what it will take to venture out into the deep water with God.  This week I want to continue on the topic of Shallow End Christians.  I want to look at why Christians might choose to remain is the shallow end instead of swimming and enjoying the deeper things of the word of God.

NON-SWIMMER REMAIN IN THE SHOLLOW END

Stay where it’s safe is where we all like to be.  The fear of the unknown has held a lot of us captive, myself included.  I believe that so many of us Christians have adapted to playing it safe for so long that we forgotten what’s it like to challenge ourselves.

Only the individuals know why they have no desire to exceed the boundaries of the shallow end. Allow me to share with you what I know based on my own experience.  Most often it not what you know but what you believe about what know that can make all the difference.  Truth is, your belief system can keep you in the shallow end of your faith and relationship with Jesus or it can catapult you into the deeper things of God.  I believe that fear is the main culprit behind being content with remaining in the shallow end of the word of God. Things that builds and strengthen our relatioship with Jesus are ingnored for playing it safe.

PLAYING IT SAFE

I’m sure that most Christians have heard the story of the five talents.  It’s a story about stewardship and the state of readiness (watching).images  But I also see it as an illustration of a servants foolish attempt at playing it safe.  For those of us who don’t know the story, it is the kingdom of God being compared to a man going on a journey.   He called his servants together and entrusted some of his wealth to each of them.  The man expected his servants to manage his wealth in ways that would bring about a profit.  This man not only gave each of them huge sums of monies, he also invested in their lives.  In this parable, the man is none other than Jesus, the returning King Of Kings.

As you read the following scriptures, hopefully you’ll see that all three servants had the ability to increase the amount of monies that they were entrusted with but one of them was stuck playing it safe.
Matthew 25:13-30 New International Version (NIV)

Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.

The Parable of the Bags of Gold
“Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them.   To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey.   The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more.   So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more.   But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.

 “After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them.   The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’

 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

 “The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’

 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

 “Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed.   So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’

 “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed?   Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.

 “‘So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags.   For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.   And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

HOW YOU BELIEVE IS HOW YOU’LL ACT 

Immediately we see two very excited servants putting their master’s money to work.  As a result, they gained a profit by doubling what they were initially given.  Their master considered these two to be faithful. He was pleased because of their hard work and efforts, not the money.  He even entrusted them with more of his wealth.  However, the third servant opted to played it safe, so he thought.  By burying his master’s money he wouldn’t be held accountable for any potential loss.

Listen to what this shallow servant says to justify himself.  “Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard (Cruel, unreasonable) man, harvesting (having people work to benefit you) where you have not sown(while you do nothing) and gathering where you have not scattered seed(you benefit off the labor of others).  Verses 24- 25  So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’  As I said earlier,  fear is at the root of shallow end Christians.  

The lesson to be learned here is there are consequences for playing it safe because it shows a lack of faith in Jesus.  And without faith it is impossible to please God.  You’ll be amazed at how far applying the little that you know can take you when you place your faith in Jesus.  Jesus said, ” If you have faith the size of a mustard seed you can move mountains.”

For those of you who don’t know Jesus as savior, won’t you put your faith in him today?  I assure you that He’ll take out of the shallow things this world and guide you into deeper relationship with God.  Now Christians, take the plunge into the word of God with the purpose of applying what you learn.  Then you will grow strong in the Lord and the power of His might.  Amen!

 

2 Comments

  • “No risk no gain!”as Brother Ray Steadman wrote about this parable. He also figured the “talents” = opportunities to do good using the giftS and life we all have. Lord cause us all to continue to risk and gain more people for Your Kingdom after we realize that’s how we got into Your Kingdom in the first place i.e. We risked it all on Jesus Christ and gained Salvation from our sin and gained our perfect Father and Holy Spirit.

  • Thank you for your comments, the word of God not only gives life, bring us into a closer relationship with Jesus.

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