I played it safe and You weren’t happy

“’Master, I know you have high standards and hate careless ways, that you demand the best and make no allowances for error.  I was afraid I might disappoint you, so I found a good hiding place and secured your money. Here it is, safe and sound down to the last cent.’ The master was furious.”  Matthew 25:24-26 (The Message).

Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading; 2 Samuel 15-16, Psalm 32, and Matthew 25.

Playing it safe.  Not stepping out.

Seems like a decent way to go, doesn’t it?  Don’t want to mess things up.

And the master was furious!

This is a warning for all of us reticent believers. God is not pleased with our hesitancy.

Does that mean we go off underprepared?  Certainly not.  But we can only nurse that “unprepared” thing for so long.  There’s a point where we reach the, “ready or not, here we come!” level.

I haven’t said much about witnessing lately.  I still want to do it, but my trend is toward reticent.  That isn’t pleasing to God, I suspect.  My eyes and ears need to be open for opportunities.  I had one this morning, beautifully set up, and didn’t go in the conversation where I could have gone.  I praise God for the opportunity, though.  Can He trust me to witness for Him?  I want more “setups.”

“Lord, You have expectations of believers.  We are to be productive.  You have given us every good gift.  We must use those gifts, those opportunities, to spread the Good News.  Help me, Father, to be so filled with You that there will be a natural overflow, not a contrived one, and I will be able to speak of You as You want me to.  I love You, Father.  Guide me, this day, I beg.”

If our goal is to please God then we can no longer be closet believers.  Take that thought where you need to take it!

 

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