For the zealous Christian, the contemplation of death isn’t as bothersome as the prospect of never really living…. Human nature and our “inward fears” often persuade us to NOT leave “safe shores”–in an attempt to avoid failure among the waves–for the sole purpose of isolating ourselves from harm; obtaining for ourselves a false sense of “self preservation”, of our character, dignity, personal outlook–our pride. Although, in so doing, people who live like this succeed at both: (1) minimizing their “failure” and (2) never really living.
The problem? Sometimes leaps of faith hurt, honestly. (Those specific “leaps” God calls us to.) Sometimes walking on the water lends us to “sinking moments”; when we have “little faith” where doubt has crept in. But if you never leave the proverbial “shoreline” you will never experience the intense storms, the “walking on the water” (W.O.W.) experiences or the hand of God that reaches for you in those “sinking” moments; asking you “why did you doubt?”–and receiving you ever closer to himself. You will miss the adventure; the Christian life is an exceptional life filled with ADVENTURE.
I write this from my heart, experience, and walk with Christ: Being bold for him–the love from him–results in bold “flavor”! And, the more I grow, the more I find some people “turned off” at certain levels of intensity, almost as if–“it’s just too much singlemindedness!” I want to reassure you: God calls us all to walk with “measures” of faith; some walks just look different. The point is this though: whatever avenue/niche in life you have been called to walk in, do it with all your energy; holding nothing back. That is FREEDOM!
(If you can’t tell, I have a heart for the Apostle Peter! I identify with his zeal, his rash commitments, and his failures of hypocrisy. But what you can never fault Peter in doing? You can’t fault him for not loving boldly.)
Whatever God has called you to, make him known. When we finally see him face to face, He will never say, “You embarrassed me by bringing me into everything!” Rather, He does say, “For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words, of him will the Son of Man be ashamed when he comes in his glory…..” (Luke 9:26)
May it be said of you one day, by God: “Well done, my good and faithful servant.” (Matt. 25:23) Be encouraged, take heart, and live FREE, always. “If the Son sets you free, you are free indeed.” (John 8:36)