Pop quiz: Does God want us to “play it safe” in our lives? Does He want us to avoid all risk in our jobs, goals and desires?
Remember your answer as you read this devotional from The Great Rescue Bible (NIV). You may change your mind. -Adam Forrest
Does God Want You to “Play It Safe”?
Your Dad is the King of all. There is no reason to fear.
Jesus told a story of two people who illustrated what it looks like to live as a child of the King: “It will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money” (Matthew 25:14–18).
In this parable, two of the three servants went for it, trying to gain as much as they could with what they had been given. They could have lost everything by not playing it safe. But they knew the heart of their master and decided to take a risk. Jesus made it clear that they were the ones who were living the way he wanted.
God is not a “play it safe” God. Do you have the kind of approach to life that says, “I’m gonna go for it, even if I fail, because God’s gonna catch me if I fall”? Child of the King, if God puts something on your heart, go after it. Do what you can to make it happen, ask for his help and guidance, and trust that he’s going to walk with you every step of the way.
Approach your life operating under the reality that God has got you covered. Try new things. Forget insecurity and fear of failure. If you do fail, God will pick you up, and it will have no effect on your identity as his child.
Spend time with God talking about the things that light up your heart. Ask him how he wants you to act on them.
Learn more about The Great Rescue Bible (NIV): Discover Your Part in God’s Plan by Walk Thru Bible.
Q: What’s one way you have feared to use a God-given gift? What’s one way way you can use that gift to start building for the Kingdom today?