June 16, 2015 | by: Jason Shiels | 0 Comments
"And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him." Hebrews 11:6
There is much to be commended about a believer who adds patience to their faith, who is ready to wait on God, or allow another to speak so as not always needing to be in the limelight. There is something commendable and wise about not being rushed into rash and fearful decisions that end up causing a mess. A great example of this is King Saul's rash and disobedient sacrifice. 1 Samuel 13:8-14 illustrates this point where acting with Gods own heart should have involved patience rather than the foolish and impetuous sacrifice of Saul.
However, there is another truth in tension here. Excessive caution can become an Olympic sport for the believer. What we are rooted in will grow in our lives. Also, being brought up believing there is a probable train wreck around every corner or that our contributions are a waste of time are just a couple of the toxins that can so infiltrate and leave us anaemic and always double guessing ourselves, and God.
We have not just been saved to be saved. Jesus came to save and to restore us into His likeness and to do the works and deeds of a heart that is being transformed and revolutionised by He who is Grace. Titus 2:11-14 says,
"For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for the blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Saviour Jesus Christ who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession WHO ARE ZEALOUS FOR GOOD WORKS"
How do we deal with "excessive caution" in our lives? Allow ourselves to become more and more like the one who has saved us and be transformed and trained in righteousness, to become more fully His, and to be consumed with the zeal of The Lord that comes as we behold and live for the Gracious one Himself, Jesus Christ.
its not more pep talks we need. It's not moral conformity or behavioural modification program's we need. The gospel received brings us into union with Jesus Christ. We become HIS and all that He was and is and evermore shall be beats within us by His Spirit. The one who burns with purity and love that will never be dialled down or toned down by any political or religious culture. The one who refused to conform to the knit picking and threats of the Pharisees during his 33 years continues to embolden and transform his church, like he did at Pentecost for his cowering disciples, and makes us bold and courageous by His Spirit within us, able to fly like the eagle...so we we begin living by the Spirit let us continue to live by the Spirit and not by the flesh...
'Excessive caution' has a deceptive quality to it. We can seem so wise in our backing off and so humble in our deferring to others. However, let's be clear, "Without faith it is impossible to please God..." God wants us to trust Him. To know that he rewards those who seek Him. To be ready to 'risk' and obey even when it hurts! To ask for His kingdom to comes on earth as it is in heaven. To make this a prayer that leads to a life free of the snare of fear based timidity and excessive caution.
There is a time for everything under the sun. Yes caution has a place when that's of the Spirit's guidance. Yet to make excessive caution our hiding place, our cave, our source is to miss the point of our salvation.