Bible Talk Lesson - Safety

Notes from a Bible Talk originally delivered on 12/16/2005. Inspired by David Underwood's post to New Wineskins here.

What does it mean to be 'safe'?

    Protected
    Sheltered
    Closed, locked.
    Isolated
Let's look at some spiritual concepts:
    If you want to live, you must die.
    If you want to be first, you must be last.
    If you want to be the most important, you must be the servant.
    If you want to be really rich in spirit, you must be poor in spirit.
    If you want to be strong, you must be weak.
    Instead of hating your enemies, love them!
Would it be safe to say that in the spiritual world, many things that seem obvious are the direct opposite of what we think of in the physical world?

The world view vs. the spiritual view.

God's view vs. man's view.

Then Jesus said to his disciples, "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life[a] will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it. What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?
In light of this verse the Biblical concepts we mentioned earlier, what does it mean to be 'safe' spiritually?
    Vulnerable
    Open
    Surrendered
The way God looks at things, even very important things like safety, life or death, is not our way.

In order to really be 'safe', we must fight to grasp His view, his mindset. That's what it means to repent, metanoia, to 'change' our mindset to His.

We need to not be content with the obvious answers (our answers), but search of God's answers.

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True and yet not always what we do.

Your lesson/post reminded me of one about a year ago on my friend David U's blog: http://lightandsalt.blogspot.com/2005/05/safe.html. It was so good that it was published on the New Wineskins site later last year - and you've added a fresh perspective to many of the concepts in it!

You know what, Keith, I think that post on New Wineskins might have been my inspiration for this lesson. Now that you reminded me, I have this vague recollection of reading it. When was it on New Wineskins? I couldn't find it.

David, sorry for not giving credit where credit is due. I think in the time from writing this in December and publishing it now the inspiration for it faded.

Found it here. Since it was only days before my lesson that it appeared on New Wineskins, I'm certain that it inspired me. I've added credit to David to the top of the post.

You said, "I think in the time from writing this in December and publishing it now the inspiration for it faded."

Isn't that what this girl said? :)



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