Our City Students Worship EP came out last Wednesday, and I'm so thrilled that a song I wrote and sang on, called "Safe" was included in the record. I'd love to fill you in on why a worship song called "Safe"
When I was a little boy, I dreamed of one day becoming Indiana Jones. I saw The Last Crusade when I was about 6 or 7 and it rocked my little brain. All I wanted to do was become a whip-brandishing, risk-taking, adventure-seeking archaeologist just like Dr. Jones. The danger was something I welcomed; something I craved. Sure, I was naive to the very real dangers that come with getting tangled up with Nazi's and booby-trapped catacombs, but I believe what I was craving was not danger, but life.
Fast forward 30 years and now I have a mortgage, a family and everyday fears to deal with, however the desires that little Chris had are still there. Now that I'm technically "safe", having all the things we're told by society to chase, I find that I still yearn for adventure and excitement. I firmly believe it's because the life that God promises us when we truly follow him, looks vastly different from what we settle for today. That's not to say that having a family, a house, a dog and chickens is a bad thing. They are all great things, but when they cover up and mute the things God has called us into, we get bored. We grow numb. We get comfortable and complacent, believing falsely that we are safe, when in fact we are in very real danger. The danger of becoming useless to God.
Indiana Jones bravely ventured into the unknown because he had a conviction that greatly surpassed his desires. We as Christians have the calling of Christ on our lives. To go and make disciples. To tell the world of His love. In Matthew 16:18, Jesus tells Peter "And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." Gates are strictly defensive. What Jesus was saying, is that the church is to storm the gates of Hell. That doesn't sound safe to me! It sounds exciting, and worthwhile though. To rescue people out of hell. To be mini-hero's, just like our Lord is. And right there, in the middle of darkness, we can rest-assured that like Psalm 23:4 says "even though (not if!) I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear NO evil, for You are with me". Being in God's will is where we will truly have adventure and come alive, and the only place where we will truly be safe.