Because of the years of work with medical missions and international travel I've been in situations where I've served in the midst of political unrest, in the wake of natural disasters and human suffering. In every place I've served, there has always been the necessary discussion and consideration of the balance between safety and serving. These thoughts by Gary Haugen of the organization International Justice Mission - a group that addresses the plight of human trafficking, are of tremendous encouragement in helping to negotiate that tension between Safety & Serving.
excerpted from Church Relevance:
When did it begin to occur to the twelve disciples that following Jesus was going to be dangerous?
When did it occur to you that following Jesus is going to be dangerous?
There are two ways to respond to fear: (1) seek to be safer or (2) seek to be braver.
Jesus is in the business of making people who are braver. Jesus is not in the business of making situations safer because he uses unsafe situations to make people braver.
You must make a choice between being safe or brave. Jesus tells us we will suffer for him. (Tweet This)
So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good. - 1 Peter 4:19 (NIV)
There are two things that are always God’s will and dangerous:
- Telling the truth.
- Loving people in need.
- If my life in following Jesus, doesn’t feel dangerous I might want to check if I’m actually following Jesus. 1 John tells us that if we see people in need but do not help them then the love of God isn’t even in us.
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. - Micah 6:8
God is calling all of us to the work of justice, but it is not safe. Do you want to experience your power safely? Or do you want to experience God’s power dangerously? (Tweet This)
The Bible says God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power and love and a sound mind.