As the small plane bobbed its way through the clouds my head began to nod off to the meditative hum of the engine. I gazed out of the window to see curls of smoke gently rising from the village huts that dotted the vast luscious green mountains of Papua New Gineua.
Suddenly, a lightning bolt flashed through the sky and hit the propellor blade with a deafening bang. The pilot immediately began frantically twisting knobs and pushing buttons.
As the other passengers began to stir from their sleep I decided that if this was how I was going to die, it would at least be instant and I probably wouldn’t feel any pain. At the time I wasn’t married and had no kids – and although my family and friends would miss me, I felt ready (and possibly even a little excited!) to see Jesus face to face.
These days however, it’s an entirely different story. Now that I have my own family, I’m much more prone to playing it safe and avoiding any unnecessary risks.
But the walk of faith will always compel us to do things that are out of our comfort zones. To warn us from playing it too safe, Jesus told the story of a man who avoided taking any risks with the money he was given to invest:
“The third servant brought back only the original amount of money and said, ‘Master, I hid your money and kept it safe” – Luke 19:20 (NLT)
The master couldn’t believe what he was hearing. The others took a risk and invested what they’d been given and made a profit:
“Well done!’ the king exclaimed. ‘You are good servant’s. You have been faithful with the little I entrusted to you, so you will be governor of ten cities as your reward” (19:17)
God has given each of us differing amounts of time, talent and treasure to invest in a way that makes an eternal difference. Instead of playing it safe, we are encouraged to step out of the comfort zones and into the faith zone.
When our plane finally miraculously landed we were the talk of the town. The risk was worth it, as an entire village was able to encounter the reality of God’s love in a whole new way.
Refuse to play it safe. Step out and live by faith!