• Tyler Barnes

Cautious isn't Christianity

by Tyler Barnes

My whole life people have said to play it safe, don’t draw to much attention to yourself, live and let live, and avoid taking risks, in other words- live a cautious life. Often times, this is how we approach situations with our faith. We don’t want to be too bold, draw to much fire from non-Christians, and be in a position of vulnerability, because honestly we don’t want to be that reliant on God. Here’s the thing, I’ve been studying Jesus and I can’t find anywhere that he says to live a life of caution. Yes, he warns about avoiding sin, but he’s a man of bold strokes: working miracles on the Sabbath, teaching against religiosity in the synagogue, and speaking as one with authority about the things of God. 1 Timothy 1:7 declares, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.”

Playing it safe is often the opposite of faith. When I find myself wanting to live a life of safe, God gives me a faith booster shot. I found myself at a men’s retreat needing a shot of faith and God didn’t disappoint. You all remember David, the man after God’s own heart, the warrior of all warriors, he defeated Goliath, killed lions, and won wars. But in 1 Samuel 21 he found himself on the run, pursued by Saul. He had no food, no weapons, and was all alone. He probably wasn’t feeling very bold when he showed up at Ahimelech’s door. The priest had only two things to offer him- the holy bread and the sword of Goliath. What David really needed was spiritual nourishment and a reminder that God was with him. When David saw the sword, he said “there is none like it.” I’m sure it was a nice sword constructed of quality steel by an expert craftsman, but it’s real value was that it was a symbol of a previous faith victory- the time God gave Goliath into the hands of David when all he had was a sling and some stones. God was victorious when you needed him then, He’s not through with you, and He will do it again.

We all need reminders to sustain our faith. Think about the time you were most desperate and God gave you victory. Remember that moment when you thought all was lost and Jesus carried you through. Hold onto it tight and know that our God is always faithful. He was faithful then, he is faithful now, and he will be faithful tomorrow. Death and the devil have already been defeated, the victory has already been won. Don’t quit, don’t play it safe, don’t life a cautious Christian life, but “press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:14 Boldly declare the truth of Scripture, courageously share your faith with your friends, stand up for what you know is right, and press on to the end doing the work of the Lord.