Quick Allegorical Story.
My family and I went to Washington D.C. a few weeks ago for a family vacation. We were able to lay hands on the Supreme Court and pray for our country during the undercurrent of division we feel today. Each day, we walked close to 20,000 steps. A few times during our walk, I would trip or stumble.
My oldest son laughed, “Mom, you tripped again.”
“I did, but look how many steps we’ve walked today. The more steps you take, the more chances for error. But should that stop me from walking? People who never walk will never trip, but that isn’t much of a life, is it?”
He sighed and shrugged his shoulders. “Yea, I guess you’re right.”
And therein lies the truth:
The more steps we make, the more stumbles we’ll take.
A football player can’t make a mistake if he’s sitting on the sidelines. A ballerina can’t make a mistake if she’s not on stage. A driver cannot make a mistake if he is not driving. A parent can’t make a mistake if she is not parenting.
But their refusal to participate is the biggest mistake of all.
The man in the Bible who buried his talent let fear dictate his life. Instead of taking risks, he buried his talent from the Lord because he had a skewed vision of the Father. He couldn’t make a mistake if he simply buried away his life and did nothing, right? Wrong. He didn’t trust God, so he didn’t take risks, so he thought he would never made mistakes, but now he has nothing to show for his life. His biggest mistake was allowing fear and mistrust rule his life (Matthew 25.14-30).
Notice the Master never once pointed fingers at the other two men who had invested their talents. They’re flesh and blood. They were bound to have a mishap or two. But the Master only praised them for what they had accomplished–doubling the talents they had been given. If anyone knows anything about investments–they takes risks and there are always stumbles along the way.
We will not be judged for our mistakes when we see Jesus face-to-face. Our sins have been wiped away through the blood of Jesus Christ (Hebrews 10.17). But we will be judged on the good we produce with the talents we’ve been given from the Lord. “Faith produces works! In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead” (James 2.17 NIV).
So many people think by doing nothing they won’t make mistakes, but in actually they are making the biggest mistake of all. When they get to heaven their lives will look like a blank slate — no sin but no faith-works either — a life truly unlived. Sad thing is that those people who are doing nothing need to throw mud at the people in the game to make them feel better. Maybe it justifies why they’re not out there. Maybe it makes them feel better. Maybe they have so much free time that it fills their sense of purpose. I don’t know what it is, but if we are preoccupied doing the call of God on our lives, we won’t have time to throw mud.
I don’t keep up on mud-slinging. I’ve learned long ago if that God wanted me to have certain information, He would give it to me. And then He would give me the grace to approach the person in love with that information. But I don’t need to go snooping on the Internet for the latest gossip disguised as news, especially when they are full of attacks and finger-pointing. The problem with the Internet is that if we are not careful, we will carry more information than the grace we have to bear it.
In this information age, we have access to almost anything at anytime. And as a Christian writer and speaker myself, I know that I am laying a path of words that can and will be overly analyzed and criticized. But should I allow my calling to be dictated by fear or faith? I know my sins are continuously being forgiven, so I won’t let the imperfections of this life stop me from running the race that God has called me to (Hebrews 12.1-3). I am not perfect. I have made mistakes. But is my sin more powerful than Jesus’ grace? Not in the slightest.I may stumble, but I will continue to walk. Click To Tweet
Beth Moore and other Christian writers and communicators have MILLIONS of words spread out across the world. Words of who they are and of their faith. Sharing these words is not easy–it is very vulnerable baring one’s soul to others, let alone the world–but they have done so because of their passion for Jesus Christ, for others and for the call on their lives. They are taking risks and investing the talents that God has given them. Remember: The more steps we make, the more stumbles we’ll take.
The more words offered, the more room for error. But Jesus’ mercy is more powerful than our stumbles. If we were truly focused on Him more than ourselves, we wouldn’t bury our talents out of fear. We would invest, invest and invest all that God has given us, so ours will be a life truly lived! God is a good God and full of love, gentleness, tenderness and mercy. He wants us to be engaged in life. He wants us to be out there giving our all. It saddens Him when we sit on the sidelines and point fingers and accusations at the players. He would rather see us stumble in the game than sitting on the bench.
So go out there and live! Get in the game and stay focused on the path in front of you. Yes, you may trip and stumble, but the life you’re living is worth the effort! Invest all that God has given you, so when you see Jesus face-to-face, He will be well pleased with all you have accomplished by faith for Him.
“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!'” (Matthew 25.21 NIV).