I wonder if some of us, spiritually speaking, are confined to one safe tree. You’ve been there for some time and have not jumped out in faith to be where God wants you to be. Your experience with the Lord is somewhat comfortable, but, frankly, somewhat stagnant. To you, the Lord issues a dare: “I dare you to trust Me by giving, even your time and resources to My kingdom as you should. Go ahead, jump, and see if I don’t catch you and hold you up.”
Jesus Christ gave a command: “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mark 16:15-16). Don’t forget that Jesus said, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth” (Matthew 28:18). Note therefore that no man had any authority whatsoever to make laws for God’s people that would supercede God’s command.
Talking about risk, the true Prophets, Apostles and Missionaries have taken theirs, we thank God for their lives as we make references to their epistles day-in-day-out. Henceforth, we have to start taking the risks, for God is involved. Moreover, Apostle Paul said those that know God and obey the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ will be saved (2 Thessalonians 1:7-9).
Notwithstanding, He said, “… there are some who… pervert the gospel of Christ… if anyone preaches any other gospel… let him be accursed” (Galatians 1:6-9). Beware~
Let us take a look at a story by Oscar Schisgall where we learnt of how, as a young man, he went into a park to think through an important personal issue. He had been engaged for four years, but didn’t dare to marry. He had no steady source of income. Besides, he and his fiancée had dreamed of living in Europe. How could they move so far away with no certainty of income?
Just then he looked up and saw a squirrel leap from one tree to another. He seemed to be aiming at a branch so high that the jump looked like suicide. He missed that branch, but landed safely on a lower branch, and then made his way up the tree.
An old man sitting on the bench said, “Funny, I’ve seen hundreds of them jump like that, especially when there are dogs around and they can’t come down to the ground. A lot of them miss, but I’ve never seen any hurt in trying.” Then he chuckled. “I guess they’ve got to risk it if they don’t want to spend their lives in one tree.” Schisgall thought, “A squirrel takes a chance—have I less nerve than a squirrel?”
He and his fiancée married and sailed for Europe. As he worked hard at writing, the money began to come in, providing for their needs. He said that since then, whenever he has had to choose between risking a new venture or hanging back, he can hear the old man on the park bench say, “They got to risk it if they don’t want to spend their lives in one tree” (Parables, Etc., 6/82).
After so much endeavours in the Ministry of Christ Gospel dissemination and support, Apostle Paul, in review of his role and view of his gain finally said “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.” (2 Timohy 4:7-8). I implore you, move on from confinement, up and on for higher purpose..