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Ecclesiastes 11:4-6

He who observes the wind will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap. As you do not know the way the spirit comes to the bones in the womb of a woman with child, so you do not know the work of God who makes everything. In the morning sow your seed, and at evening withhold not your hand, for you do not know which will prosper, this or that, or whether both alike will be good.

In other words waiting until the conditions are perfect only means you’ll always be waiting. It’ll never get to exactly the right moment. It’s always cute when new couples say, “no we’re waiting until the right time to have a baby.” Really? You’re waiting until the right time? Good luck with that.

Someone once said, “One who fears failure limits his activities. Failure is only the opportunity to more intelligently begin again.”

God wants us to take steps in our growth process. Remember, the best way to cross the river is to ….jump in. The river is not going to stop or slow down when you get ready, you have to just have to “ready set go.”

Helen Keller said, “Life is a daring adventure or nothing at all.”

Adventure means you enter into something with absolutely no idea how it will end. When my wife and I go to a restaurant for the very first time we call it “adventure dining.”

Do you know why? Because there is risk involved. Once you walk in, you have no idea how this meal will play out. You want to be presently surprised, you’re hoping to find a gem, but the reality is….. who knows what the decor is like, how who the chef is or how they present their food.

I am introvert, that means I am perfectly happy with a life of no adventure. When I was a bachelor every evening was the same. Lonely

Thank goodness I now have a wife who brings me out for adventures.

Psalm 34:8 Taste and see that the LORD is good.

Do you know what I like about this passage? Tasting and seeing are action words. They are not passive activities. David says you have to “experience God.”

Jesus tells a parable about stepping into this adventure in Matthew 25:14-30. Jesus is talking about the Kingdom of God and he says

It will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. 15 To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. 16 The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. 17 So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. 18 But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.

19 “After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. 20 The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’

21 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

22 “The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’

23 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

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…

Jesus says blessing is given to the one who already has blessing. In other words, the one who is out there actually pursuing and making and working. In the parable, the returning landowner gives blessing to the servants who did what? Worked. The ones who took a risk, right?

But one servant was afraid to put themselves out there. They were fearful of the outcome or afraid to try something new and so they felt it was better to bury the blessing in the sand. And Jesus reserves one of his most biting remarks for the person who avoids risk and the person who shrugs off adventure. He says throw that person out.

God will grow you through your adventures.

 

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