What are some ways you play it safe in your relationship with God?
May 1, 2017, 5:00 AM

What are some ways you play it safe in your relationship with God?  Ever play a friendly game of poker?  Though I’m not much of a card player, I find it less intimidating when the stakes are low, like when we’re using things match sticks rather than cold, hard cash.  As a result, I tend to play recklessly.  I usually go all in, run up the bet, and tend to beat the more cautious players.  I like to push them to fold quickly if their hand doesn’t seem promising.  You see I know that even though it’s not real money, most will try to hold on to what they have for fear of being out of the game.  They will never the big winner, little by little; I will take their match sticks. Then I’m the big winner! 


Not always, but typically it is the person who takes big risks and goes for it that comes out on top.  Sometimes it pays to play it safe, but oftentimes you just have to go for it.  This is especially true in our walk with God, though we may want to play it safe; God has called us to go all in. There was a time in my life when I would give God only so much of myself.  I wanted God, but I didn’t want to give up all the things I knew and was comfortable with. I was clinging to my life out of fear of what might change.  I had to decide to obey God, fully surrender, and leave all the consequences to Him.  Because of what Jesus has done on the cross, I know God loves me, is for me and has my best interest in mind, so I am willing to trust and obey believing He can handle what comes from my obedience. 


When David brought the ark out of the house of Obed-edom and into the city the scripture says, “David was dancing with all his might before the Lord wearing a Linen ephod. He and the whole house of Israel were bringing up the ark of the Lord with shouts and the sound of the ram’s horn.” 2 Samuel 6:14-15 David was unconcerned with what people might think about his behavior or what consequence would result from his action, He just had to worshiped God with all he had, he was all in. “David replied to Michal, “I was dancing before the Lord who chose me over your father and his whole family to appoint me ruler over the Lord’s people Israel. I will celebrate before the Lord, and I will humble myself even more and humiliate myself.”    2 Samuel 6:21-22 He fully understood what God had done in choosing him and he celebrated in that, holding nothing back. God has chosen us, too.  In taking our place on the cross, Jesus has chosen for us to live freely and completely in His grace. 


I think back to those piles of match sticks. Yes it was just a game, but most weren’t really playing they were simply getting trying not to lose.  I was reminded of this just this weekend, if you are playing to not lose, you’ve already lost.  To live the full life God wants you to have you can’t hold back, you have to go all in. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. Matthew 10:39


This is my Prayer:  Father God, thank you for the cross and the proof of Your love.  Lord I know I can trust the plans You have for my life. Jesus teach me how to use that trust to guide me into obedience of Your will.  Remind me Lord that it is only in my obedience to You that I am truly made free.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.