The Safety Zone
Proverbs 22:13 (AMP) The lazy one [manufactures excuses and] says, “There is a lion outside! I will be killed in the streets [if I go out to work]!”
Living in the safety zone sounds so wonderful and secure. We will never have to worry about troubles coming our way because we are safe, right? Certainly we can rest assured that we won't be eaten by the lions as long as we stay inside and do nothing - praise God! haha
This reminds me of the parable of the talents. Three servants were given 3 different sums of money. The 2 servants with a larger portion were wise and doubled the money they were given but the servant with the least amount was in fear and chose to play it safe with the money and just bury it in the ground. There was no increase in value and that portion went to the servant with the most because he was faithful with what he was given and is now receiving his abundant reward.
If you struggle to be faithful in the little things, if this is your safety zone, just barely getting by and hardly having enough, you will remain there and then what is left will be taken. It is time to step out of that safety zone and into the promises of God - you must work hard and do what God is calling you to do in order to receive the blessings of all His promises. It seems like obedience is such a struggle for Christians today - step out into the unknown and do the things that you know you could do if you apply yourself and allow God to do great things in your life. Living "safe" is not living your life to your potential. Living safe is missing out. Be strong and courageous as your trust your Father in all you do for Him.
2 Timothy 1:6-7 (NLT) This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you. For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.
Philippians 1:6 (NLT) And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.
Matthew 25:21 (ESV) His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’