Posted by: Diane | January 11, 2013

Security In Christ

John Bowlby, a British psychologist whose thinking and research laid the foundations for attachment theory, once made the statement that “life is best organized as a series of daring adventures from a secure base.”   I heard the quote about two weeks ago when Tom Selleck said it on the TV show, Blue Bloods.

It doesn’t really matter where it came from – I like the balance that it communicates.  A life of daring adventures without a secure base is chaotic. A life with a secure base without daring adventures is misused. “Misused?” you ask.  Isn’t that a bit harsh? I don’t think so.

It’s easy to slip through life without taking any risks – without making your life count. The world tells you that security is the ultimate goal. Good upbringing. Good school. Good career. Good marriage. Good kids. Good retirement. These are all worthy goals. They’re safe…but do these goals make your life count for eternity?

John Piper, in his book, Don’t Waste Your Life writes, “Risk is woven into the fabric our finite lives. The enchantment of security is a mirage. It is right to risk for the cause of Christ, and not to is to waste your life.”

 Strong words.

I often ask myself two questions –  “Does my life demonstrate faith in an all-providing, all-ruling and all-satisfying God? and “Am I loving those whom God brings into my life?” In order to live out both of these callings, it requires Christ within me, which in turn, results in taking risks without. Trusting God is not a comfortable choice. Waiting on God takes so much more patience than “fixing” life myself. Engaging is much more unsure than declining. Surrendering my rights is less natural than demanding them.

But abundant life is all about trusting, waiting, engaging and surrendering. Abundant life is about having strong roots and abundant fruit but the perceived security in grades, career, family and retirement is so tempting. I am constantly reminded of Jonathan Edwards wise words –  All earthly delights are but streams. But God is the ocean.  I really like his perspective.

Secure base in Jesus. Daring adventures with Jesus. Abundance every day He gives me breath.

He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure. Isaiah 33.6

 


Responses

  1. wise and helpful words. Diane

  2. Wonderful post! We should first be sure we have a solid foundation built on our relationship with Christ. Once we do we need to be obedient to His call, where ever and when ever it comes. Life with Jesus is full of adventure.

    • Absolutely, Shelly! Thanks for taking a look at my blog! Diane

  3. Thank you Diane. Excellent! I am going to read this to JD at dinner, and discuss it with him. Very insightful.

    Keep challenging us, Diane. My tendency is to not take risk, be a peacemaker at almost all costs. Today, I took a risk, and don’t know the outcome, but at this New Years event, I committed to God, that I would focus more on obedience to God’s prompting in my life, and leaving the results up to Him. Not a New Years resolution, but a ” next step” in my sanctification process. I’m tired of being an apparent advocate of the ” status quo”. I want my days to count, and to see opportunities more clearly and respond a lot faster. To me, not acting accordingly when God prompts, is disobedience and thus sin.

    Bless you for all you have written, as you follow Gid’s prompting in your life, for the good of the Kingdom. I know that there are hours of prayer,reading and research before even one of your daily blogs reachus in our email. how can i thank you???? May He bless you 100 fold!

    Love
    Barb

    • Thanks Barb, for your kind words. It’s a joy to “look for God” in my days and to share about it with others. I would encourage you to “respond” to that prompting you sense. You have walked with God for a long time and you can have faith in the way that God speaks to you.


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