Wednesday, June 28

Safety is overrated!

Scripture: 2 Thessalonians 3

2 Thessalonians 3:1–2 Finally, pray for us, brothers and sisters, that the Lord’s message may spread quickly and be honored as in fact it was among you, 2 and that we may be delivered from perverse and evil people. For not all have faith.

Observation

Paul asks for prayer; notice the order. First, he asks for prayer “that the Lord’s message may spread quickly and be honored.” Literally, “may the Lord’s message run,” a metaphor for a message being widely and rapidly known. Second, he asks for prayer that “we may be delivered from perverse and evil people.” 

Paul put the spread of the gospel, the mission of God ahead of his own safety. 

Application

I notice when I pray with others how much we pray for our own safety and the safety of those we love. Nothing wrong with that. But it seems we pray far more for our safety than for the spread of the gospel and the mission of God. We reverse the priorities that Paul expressed. 

I once heard Erwin McManus say that he stopped praying for safety for his kids and prayed instead that they would be dangerous to the darkness, used by God to spread the good news. 

I used to pray that our church would grow. Then I realized that there was too much of me in that prayer—I had too much ego invested in our church’s growth. I stopped praying that and started praying that God would make us more effective in our mission of making disciples who make disciples. More about the mission; less about me.

Safety is overrated. Better to live a life that counts for eternity than to be safe. 

I’m going to pray less for my safety and comfort and more for being effective, for God to use me so that the Lord’s message may run. 

Prayer: Lord, I love You. It’s so easy for me to be selfish. Help me to put Your work, Your concerns above my own; to care more about the Lord’s message spreading than my own safety. Use me today to advance the gospel. Make me dangerous to the darkness!

More: Song of Songs 3-4, Proverbs 15, 2 Timothy 2