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Obsession With Safety
May 25, 2017

A family vacationing in the United States went for a swim in Lake Michigan.[1]  It wasn’t a stormy day, yet they were barely in up to their waists when one of several “safety sentinels” patrolling by canoe yelled, “Go back! Go back! You have passed the safe swimming depth!”  They were only in three feet of water.  “It’s not safe!” the guard repeated…”One of our patrol canoes might run into you.”  While safety rules and regulations have their place, it seems that in certain contexts we are robbing ourselves of life and adventure with our obsession with safety. 

Following Jesus may not be for the faint of heart and those fixated with keeping safe at all cost.  On the contrary, Jesus said, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” (Matthew 16:24)  In other words, following Jesus is not safe but could be dangerous to your health and life.  You might put on the label, “WARNING: TO AVOID RISK OF LIFE DO NOT FOLLOW JESUS.”  The disciples of Jesus realized this after they healed a lame man in the temple (Acts 4).  The religious leaders, who had demanded that the Roman soldiers to crucify Jesus, demanded that they stop talking about the name; they could not even say “Jesus.” (Acts 5:28)  Peter and the other apostles replied, “We must obey God rather than human beings!”  Later they were flogged and released.  The Bible says “the apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name.”

How do we feel about being inconvenienced by our service to Jesus?  Do we think we deserve better because we are faithful to Jesus?  What comforts are we willing to sacrifice?  Really, we should expect nothing less. 



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