And they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking ahead of them. And they were amazed, and those who followed were afraid…. (Mark 10:32) In those first moments, when we realize what Jesus did for us, we are filled with joy and peace. Following Him seems easy at that point because we are basking in the revelation of His love for us. But, as we begin to follow, we see that not everywhere He takes us is safe and secure. We are called to be the light of the world until His return.
A flashlight that is turned on in a well -lit room is seen but is of little use. However, a flashlight that is turned on in the darkness serves as a beacon to those lost in the darkness. It guides people to the path of rescue and security. Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus FOR good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” We are rescued by God, not for the purpose of resting in His safety, but for the purpose of becoming rescuers. We are called to shine our light in the face of danger and at the risk of our own safety.
As Andy Mineo puts it, “My God’s good, but He’s not safe.” We are called to be a people of purpose not creatures of comfort. So, let’s get out of our comfort zone and pursue the purpose of the good works God has prepared for us.