“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord, or ashamed of me his prisoner. But join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God, who has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace.” (2 Timothy 1:7–9, NIV 1984).
My Musings – “Aslan is a lion- the Lion, the great Lion.” “Ooh” said Susan. “I’d thought he was a man. Is he-quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion”…”Safe?” said Mr. Beaver… “Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.” ― C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
“In order for us to lead, we have to pray dangerously and lead dangerously.” – William Badal, Pastor Emeritus, First Baptist Church of Sycamore, Illinois.
We want what is safe, not what is dangerous. But God has not called us to be safe. To not rock the boat. For dangerous times are upon us. They are very near. Do we shrink back in timidity? Do we retreat to the “catacombs?” No. He did not call us out of the world, even though He knew the world would be dangerous for us. So His prayer was, “I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me. While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe. I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.” (John 17:9, 12, 13–15, NIV 1984).
The world is looking for truth, clarity and direction. As Christians, we have what they are looking for. Yet “the world has hated [us],” for the truth clarity and direction that we offer. We must not be discouraged about that. Rather, it is all the more reason for us to go forth with “a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.” To “not be ashamed to testify about our Lord.” To “pray dangerously and live dangerously.” To “join with [those who preceded us] in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God.” In so doing, we may face intense ridicule, physical hardships and perhaps even death. But we need not fear the evil one, because Jesus prayed that God would “protect [us] from the evil one.” And He will. For “He’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”
My Advice – Do not give in to a “spirit of timidity.” “By the power of God, who has saved us and called us to a holy life,” we can lead dangerously. Just make sure we are praying dangerously.