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Playing It Safe

In the Parable of the Talents, Jesus called the man who buried his money “wicked and lazy.”  Wicked!  That’s a strong word.  He didn’t say he had fear issues or was timid and needed to learn to take a chance every now and then, He called him “wicked.”  I can’t think of a stronger word He could have used.  It was the same word that Moses used to refer to the men of Sodom when he wrote: “Now the men of Sodom were wicked and were sinning greatly against the Lord.”  Genesis 13:13 

Sometimes the most dangerous thing we can do is play it safe.  A few years ago I was driving to an appointment in Los Angeles when I noticed a boarded up restaurant that had a large sign along the roof line that said, “One of Ten Best Restaurants.”  (see picture) I actually stopped the car, pulled into a nearby parking lot and walked over to the building to get a closer look.  It was obvious that it hadn’t been occupied for years.  When I got closer I could read the small print on the sign, one of the local newspapers had determined that the restaurant that used to be in this building was one of the best restaurants in the area in the 1990's.  

What happened?  How could something that was excellent at one time be out of business a few years later?  Well, I don’t know for sure, but my guess is that they rested on their reputation and stopped striving for excellence.

Perhaps the greatest tragedy of all is to not reach one’s potential.  No, that wouldn’t be it, not even trying would be the worst.  That’s what the wicked man in this Parable did.  He didn’t even try.

What is it that you need to risk for God?  I know it is comfortable “playing it safe,” but it is also dangerous.  Those who are not willing to risk for God are in danger of risking their future.  What are you doing with the abilities, wealth and Spiritual gifts God gave you?

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