Category Archives: Meditations on God’s Word

LAST BREATHS OF CHRIST: LESSONS FROM THE CROSS

37 And Jesus uttered a loud cry, and breathed His last. 38 And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. 39 And when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that He thus breathed His last, he said, “Truly this man was the Son of God!” 

(Mark 15: 33-39)

Breath.  Breathing.  Inhale. Exhale. Breathe.

 It isn’t something most people stop to think about. Breathing is just automatic to many. Breath is there. Breath is life. Without it, like Jesus, we breathe our last and die, ending our mortal lives. But what lives on, that is still breathing life into others around and beyond us? The centurion declared that Jesus must be the Son of God, based on what he saw and heard. What did he do after that? How was he affected and how did he  affect others through this testimony? What lived on through spoken words breathed out?

Our lives can be a living, breathing testimony to Christ. When we cease to be in this life and take our last breath, have we thought about what those standing around us will say? What will they utter in small breaths? What will they declare afterward? How will we each yet live and breathe-even after our last breath?

Jesus used the last breaths He had to speak some very important words that yet live and breathe in us:

— Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up His clothes by casting lots. (Luke 23:34)

— Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with Me in paradise.” (Luke 23:43)

26 When Jesus saw His mother there, and the disciple whom He loved standing nearby, He said to her, “Woman, here is your son,” 27 and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home. (John 19:26-27)

— About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).  (Matthew 27:46)

— Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” (John 19:28)

— After Jesus had taken the wine, He said, “It is finished.” Then He bowed his head and released His spirit. (John 19:30)

— Then Jesus cried out with a loud voice and said, “Father, into your hands I entrust my spirit.” After He said this, He breathed His last. (Luke 23:46)

Until and after His last breath, Jesus was teaching:

–Forgiveness to enemies, to those who do not come to our defense, to those who walk away.

–The reality of heaven, this prepared place where He will take us home to be with Him eternally.

–Responsibility to care and provide for family, an elder parent.

–The meaning of sin as anguished separation from God.

–Obedience to scripture and God’s Word, to the letter.

–The importance of completing everything God requires.

–That we must–and will—entrust our spirits to God in the end.

Learning in breaths, inhaling. Teaching in breaths, exhaling.

Breathe in the lessons. Breathe out His Words. Share Jesus. 

Will we yet live and breathe—after our last breath?

(Sharon G. Tate blog 04/21/19 ) teacherforjesus.com  Meditations on God’s Word

 

The Only Begotten Son

 

23 When they hurled their insults at Him, He did not retaliate; when He suffered, He made no threats. Instead, He entrusted Himself to Him who judges justly. 24 “He himself bore our sins” in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by His wounds you have been healed.” 25 For “you were like sheep going astray,” but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls. (I Peter 2:23-25)

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Healed by pierced hands.

Redeemed in innocent blood.

Eternal life from one death.

Not mine. Not yours. But His.

One man on the cross.

The only begotten Son.

He who had known life with the Father chose to trust God to be the Judge of others who insulted Him, who tortured Him.  The Son did not seek vengeance. Instead, He asked His Father to forgive–

For me. For you.

He who had known life with the Father chose to bear the sins of all humankind.  He carried the weight of guilt, the weight of knowing, the weight of suffering, the weight of sorrow, the weight of horror, the weight of agony, the weight of carnage, the weight of defiled innocence, the weight of darkness, the weight of abandonment by the Father. The Son bore the weight of sin in every form, from all time–

For me. For you.

He who had known life with the Father chose death, not a peaceful in-your-sleep slumber from which one does not awaken but a violent death of intense external and internal suffering and anguish–

For me. For you.

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We who have known life on this earth can choose to trust God. We can choose to forgive. We can choose to sacrifice ourselves for others. We can choose to follow Him, the man on the cross, the only begotten Son who gave His life–

For me. For you.

 

(Sharon G. Tate blog 04/14/19) teacherforjesus.com Meditations on God’s Word

Sharing the Good News. What Can Stand in Our Way?

 

 

                What Hinders Us?

 Cell phones calling-

Televisions blaring-

Messenger messaging-

Twitter notifying-

Instagram posting-

Facebook friending-

Online chatting-

Blue light beaming-

Did we notice a man reading?

Did we see a man hungering?

Did we hear a man asking?

 Look, here is a man waiting.

Did we stop for him?

Did we go to him?

Did we share Jesus with him?

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26 Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road—the desert road—that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” 27 So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian[a] eunuch, an important official in charge of all the treasury of the Kandake (which means “queen of the Ethiopians”). This man had gone to Jerusalem to worship, 28 and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the Book of Isaiah the prophet. 29 The Spirit told Philip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it.” 30 Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked.

 31 “How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.

 32 This is the passage of Scripture the eunuch was reading:

 33“He was led like a sheep to the slaughter,
    and as a lamb before its shearer is silent,
    so he did not open his mouth.
     In his humiliation he was deprived of justice.
    Who can speak of his descendants?
    For his life was taken from the earth.”

 34 The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?” 35 Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus.

 36 As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?”

 [37] Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.”  

 The eunuch answered, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”

  38 And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. 39 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the      eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing. 40 Philip, however, appeared at Azotus and traveled about, preaching the gospel in all the towns until he reached Caesarea.  (Acts 8:26-40 NIV)

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What hinders us from going forth like Philip? We don’t have to travel far to find someone who needs to hear the gospel: our neighbor, our co-worker, our friend, our family member, our hairdresser, our barber, our mail carrier, our online friend, a man reading . . .

What hinders us?

 Just us.

 Look, here is a person who needs to hear the Good News.

What can stand in our way.

(Sharon G. Tate blog 04/07/19)  teacherforjesus.com  Meditations on God’s Word

WARNING ALERTS FROM GOD: DO WE LISTEN AND HEED?

 

Warning beeps!  My new vehicle gave me these safety alert beeps whenever I “trespassed” over a line without using my lane signals. A sudden tug on the steering wheel pulled me back when I veered over on the side of possible oncoming traffic. After driving this way for many miles due to the road conditions of patchy snow with underlying ice, an image appeared before me on the screen behind the steering wheel—a cup of steaming coffee followed by the words, “Please take a break.”

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Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we had warning beeps whenever we swerved into possible danger lanes in life and had a tug pulling us back whenever we did? And yet, God has given us these warnings and tugs through His Word:

— Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save. (Psalm 146:3)

–Meanwhile, when a crowd of many thousands had gathered, so that they were trampling on one another, Jesus began to speak first to His disciples, saying: “Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.” (Luke 12:1)

–9 Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. (I Corinthians 6:9-10)

–See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ. (Colossians 2:8)

–8 But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger. There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil. . . (Romans 2:8-9)

–29 If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. 30 And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell. (Matthew 5:29-30)

— 3 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23)

–8 He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might. . . (2 Thessalonians 1:8-9)

TAKE A BREAK! Reflect and Pray.

17 Therefore, dear friends, since you have been forewarned, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of the lawless and fall from your secure position. 18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and forever! Amen. (2 Peter 3:17-18)

As we travel this road of life, the warnings are there before us. His Word looms large in our mental vision if we have studied, reflected, prayed, and believed. He pulls us back at times when we don’t even realize we are in danger, directing our path onto another route, one which we may question and even rant about. Yet, He is the driver, not us. He knows the path ahead, not us. When we take over the steering wheel from Him, He may tug and pull us back. If we persist in taking control, however, then we risk confronting forewarned dangers, distresses, and even eternal separation from Him.

Let us each pray that we will heed the warnings from His Word. Let us each ask God to direct our paths always and pull us back when we stray off course. Let us each release our grip on the steering wheel and allow God to take control, so that our final stop on this earthly road will be at the entrance to eternity with Him.

(Sharon G. Tate blog 03/31/19) teacherforjesus.com  Meditations on God’s Word

 

MISSED OPPORTUNITY FOR GOD’S PURPOSE?

 

Spring was on the calendar. The robin arrived—and alighted on top of the snow-covered ground. This couldn’t be right. Where was the ground? No grass in sight. Didn’t the bird have some internal direction from the Creator to come? Was there a miscommunication? The robin took one last look around the perimeter and flew away.

Do we, sometimes, feel so led by an internal guidance that we follow it—only to be confused and disappointed at the circumstances we find ourselves in? Surely, the inner calling was to lead us to a destination that would be fruitful ground ready to grow what we could plant, a worthy task. But what if it is barren and parched or cold and frozen? Do we take one last look around the perimeter and walk away?

What if we are the ones meant to work and prepare the ground to make it ready for someone coming after us? What if we are the ones meant to toil, to prepare, and maybe not see the growth? The grass is covered in snow. But underneath, we need to remember that growth is still there, waiting.

1In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah{40:3}: “A voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for Him.’” (Matthew 3:1-3)

 John the Baptist knew his work was to prepare for Christ, the One who would supersede him and anyone that would come after:

“I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes One who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry.” (Matthew 3:11)

13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John.14 But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by You, and do You come to me?” (Matthew 3:13-14)

 The world tells us the ones who are great are known in some manner for their celebrity through fortune, a name, a talent or skill, a title. Not the servant. Not the one in the background, behind the scenes of the main story. Not the one with the part that doesn’t get the top billing on the billboard. Yet, that person is needed and necessary. In God’s Kingdom, the servant is the one exalted.

11 The greatest among you will be your servant. 12 For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted. (Matthew 23:11-12)

 Even the One who is above all others, the One whom John the Baptist prepared the way, is the servant to everyone who has lived, now lives, and will live:

For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45)

Maybe what we think is not the right place or circumstance for us is exactly where we should be for God’s purpose. Instead of a superficial look around the perimeter, a closer view through prayer is needed to find the opportunity God has placed before us—to serve Him.

(Sharon G. Tate blog 03/24/19) teacherforjesus.com  Meditations on God’s Word

 

 

SEEING GOD THROUGH THE SIGHT OF HOPE AND FAITH

 22 They came to Bethsaida, and some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him. 23 He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. When He had spit on the man’s eyes and put His hands on him, Jesus asked, “Do you see anything?” 24 He looked up and said, “I see people; they look like trees walking around.” 25 Once more Jesus put His hands on the man’s eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. 26 Jesus sent him home, saying, “Don’t even go into the village.”  (Mark 8:22-26)

Seeing

Internally

God’s

Hope

Today

External sight. A sense we want to keep intact. Without it, some independence is lost. And dependency is a state most of us do not really seek. From the time we are two, we are promoting our independence: “Me can do it.” We seem to maintain that attitude of not needing or wanting assistance as we continue to age. Dependency might mean, “I owe you something.” It might mean, “I am showing I am too weak to handle it myself.” Usually, it suggests some degree of personal pride or assertion of self.

This blind man had friends/neighbors who were looking out for him. They begged Jesus to just “touch him.” They knew of His healings and His power. The blind man could not look upon Jesus. He could not have seen His miracles. Yet, he allowed Jesus to lead him away from these neighbors, outside the village. The blind man had already learned dependence and reliance on others. He had to trust others.

This man allowed Jesus to proceed. It is not recorded that he questioned the means Jesus was using to achieve the result. There was an element of faith—sight unseen—that the blind man exhibited. He “saw” inside, through a hope given by his friends, that this man Jesus could help him. Thus, he trusted to be led away by Him, to allow Him to spit on his eyes, and to put His hands on him twice. Seeing internally with hope and trust, the blind man gained his physical sight.

Internal sight, with hope and faith, is the kind we need to really “see” Jesus. It is the sight that leads us to Him, and the sight that allows us to fully trust Him to lead us.

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. (Hebrews 11:1)

 Faith is how we see Jesus in our lives, daily guiding us, opening our internal eyes to His abiding Presence.

“Thank you, God, for closing doors I’m not strong enough to close-and opening new doors I’m not strong enough to open.” 1 We cannot do it alone. Dependence on Jesus is crucial. With a hope and a faith that give us internal sight, we will beg Him to spit on our eyes and touch us with His hands more than once, so we can see less dimly in this world, that we will see, more clearly, who He is and that we need Him always.

1 pinterest.com. The Soul Doctor

(Sharon G. Tate blog 03/17/19) teacherforjesus.com  Meditations on God’s Word

GPS: God’s Providential Steering

 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. (James 4:14)

 White, blowing mist. It’s all I can see. White flakes of snow swirling before me, behind me,beside me. Then two dimmed lights peer at me on the other side of the road, moving through the mist. Blurred back lights are suddenly in front of me from the car ahead in the whiteout. Slow down. Take the drive more cautiously. Hold onto the wheel tightly. I don’t know what is ahead, and it’s even hard to discern what is behind or at my side. I stop to clear my windshield wipers and try to catch the swirling snowflakes within my hand, but they cannot be captured, vanishing quickly beyond my grasp.

Life. The mist we abide in. The mist that we are. Here, we see dimly.

For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. (I Corinthians 3:12)

 Along this road we travel called life, we cannot see what is ahead. Our side vision may be distorted from different outside influences as well as inside perspectives. Behind us, our memories may be dimmed or lost in a haze of what we thought was there versus what the reality really was at the time. We keep driving down the road, trying to map out our journey with predictions of the turns ahead, the places to avoid, the places to stay a while, the time to pick up and leave again to face the mist ahead where we cannot discern our path clearly, unable to grasp the swirling flakes and hold onto them. Life cannot be held in time. We are unable to fast forward one hour or fall back another hour as we do with man-made timepieces. The road we travel on in life is ahead, and we are on it.

But maybe we have forgotten Who is really driving. God knows the path through our mist. His vision is clear. Are we looking for answers from a GPS global positioning system from man or from God’s providential steering? He is the only dependable guidance through a life that is unsure and not visibly clear, where danger and uncertainty are ahead on the road, hidden by curves, detours, obstacles, the unseen.

White, blowing mist. It’s all we can see in this life when we try to travel alone and hold tightly onto the wheel to control our own course. We must give God the steering wheel and trust in His direction on this life path that we travel for but a little while. We see dimly, unsure but seeking that final stop on our life road, as our own time slips away, and we become the mist in a form that can no longer hold us here.

God’s providential steering is through Christ. We can only end where we began on our life journey if we travel with Him. Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6)

Our life on this earthly road is temporary, and our journey is only meaningful and purposeful when we release our grip on the wheel to God. “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.” (Revelation 1:8) From the beginning to the end of our life, God’s providential steering is the only guidance system we need to direct us and bring us home.

(Sharon G. Tate blog 03/10/19) teacherforjesus.com Meditations on God’s Word

Solitude With God

 

 

 

In these days He went out to the mountain to pray, and all night He continued in prayer to God. (Luke 6:12)

 Seeking quietly

Our Father

Loving God

In communication

Time alone talks

Unforgettable

Dialogue shared

Eternal longing.

SOLITUDE WITH GOD

Time alone with God. It is the most important part of our day. Peace is not what we seeon the news, in the movies, on television, on the streets. It is only grasped when we commune with God in solitude. Strength to continue and endure through trials and heartaches is only found with Him by our side in time alone talks.

Jesus went to His Father on many occasions alone.

–And after He had dismissed the crowds, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. When evening came, He was there alone . . . (Matthew 14:23

–And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, He departed and went out to a desolate place, and there He prayed. (Mark 1:35)

15 But now even more the report about Him went abroad, and great crowds gathered to hear Him and to be healed of their infirmities. 16 But He would withdraw to desolate places and pray. (Luke 5:15-16)

–And after He had taken leave of them, He went up on the mountain to pray. (Mark 6:46)

12 In these days He went out to the mountain to pray, and all night He continued in prayer to God. 13 And when day came, He called His disciples and chose from them twelve, whom He named apostles . . . (Luke 6:12-13)

 His alone time with God was a deliberate choice, a definite need, and an act of obedience.  Jesus is our example.

 5 “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. “And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words.” (Matthew 6:5-7)

As Jesus needed time away from others’ needs and wants to commune with God, we, also, require this important prayer time with our Father. The cares, stresses, and needs of this world are like “great crowds” that gather around us, disrupting our calm and peace, depleting our energy and stamina, and affecting our emotional, mental, and physical well-being. Time alone talks with God should be our deliberate choice, definite need, and act of obedience.

When Jesus spoke to God, it was not in “empty phrases.” He went to the Father to receive help and strength from Him to complete what He was sent to do and be able to say, It is finished.” (John 19:30) Yet, Jesus had prayed for some other way. “And being in anguish, He prayed more earnestly, and His sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.” (Luke 22:44) His time alone talks with God were personal, intimate, emotional, honest, loving, and obedient.

Jesus is our example in prayer to God. He went to Him often in solitude for precious time alone with His Father. We, too, need this time alone in communication with God.

For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence,
    
for my hope is from Him. (Psalm 62:5)

 

(Sharon G. Tate blog 03/03/19)  teacherforjesus.com Meditations on God’s Word

 

 

Time: One-on-One, Face-to-Face. One moment with Jesus.

 

The disciples sitting at His feet–

A woman with a disease for 12 years–

The ten men with leprosy–

Nicodemus coming to Jesus at night–

Paul blinded on the road to Damascus–

How did they change after time spent with Jesus?

Time was a gift Jesus gave to others. Even though He was tired from His return journey to Galilee from Judea, and was sitting down at Jacob’s well to rest, He took time to make a difference in the life of one Samaritan woman who came to the well. He asked her to give Him a drink from this well. He was about to give her living water. He told her things about her past and present that no stranger would know. She thought He was a prophet. She told Him she knew a Messiah was coming who would explain everything. (John 4:25). “Then Jesus declared, ‘I, the one speaking to you—I am He.’ ” (John 4:26)

Did she change after time spent with Jesus?

 28 Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, 29 “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?” 30 They came out of the town and made their way toward him. (John 4:28-29)

 39 Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.” 40 So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days. 41 And because of his words many more became believers. 42 They said to the woman, “We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.”(John 4:39-42).

One moment, ripples extending from one woman to many men, women, and children of that time to even you and me in our time and beyond us through all time. All it took was a little time spent, one- on -one, face- to- face. Are we extending the ripple?

Time: One-on-One, Face-to-Face. What difference can we make?

Where will the ripple enlarge, escalate, expand, grow, increase, magnify, mount, multiply, proliferate, rise, run up, snowball, soar, swell, upsurge. . .

Time: One-on-One, Face-to-Face. What difference can we make?

(Sharon G. Tate blog 02/24/19) teacherforjesus.com  Meditations on God’s Word

 

Leap of Faith or Faith Leaping?

 

26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? (Matthew 6:26)

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“A noiseless patient spider,

I mark’d where on a little promontory it stood isolated,

Mark’d how to explore the vacant vast surrounding,

It launch’d forth filament, filament, filament, out of itself,

Ever unreeling them, ever tirelessly speeding them.” 1

Sometimes, in isolation, we may feel more intensely the anxiety and fear of reaching out beyond what we regard as our safe zone of comfort. In that frame of mind, we may choose not to confront these feelings and turn back from the opportunities that God puts before us to explore possibilities that challenge us, make a difference to others, and/or create growth within us.

Creatures in nature just seem to trust what God has given them and reach out without anxiety or fear. The spider “launch’d forth filament, filament, filament, out of itself.” The filaments were there from God to launch and extend beyond to a place that may not be seen or sure, but the spider was “ever unreeling them, ever tirelessly speeding them.” What does this creature know that we do not know?  Or do we know, deep inside, but have that knowledge encased in fear and uncertainty—so we unreel nothing?

How can we “explore the vacant vast surrounding” God provides for us? “In my small town?” we might ask questionably. “What opportunities? Where would I launch forth—here?” These are questions that keep us grounded on the “little promontory.” Standing isolated. Feeling safe.

24 “Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’ 

26 “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? 27 Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.

28 “‘So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. 29 For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. 30 And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’” (Matthew 25:24-28)

Safe can be dangerous, not comforting. Safe can mean judgment that we will fear.

15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.  (Ephesians 5:15-17)

The Lord’s will is for us to reach out, to extend ourselves so we touch those around us and even those whom we think are beyond us. With the Lord, nothing is impossible. It is we who limit ourselves.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving present your requests to God. (Philippians 4:6)

 Let us launch forth with the talents, abilities, and gifts God has blessed us with and reach out where He wants us to go to fulfill His purpose for our lives.

1 Whitman, Walt. “A Noiseless Patient Spider” 1st Stanza.

(Sharon G. Tate blog 02/17/19)  teacherforjesus.com  Meditations on God’s Word