It was also said that ships were not built to remain in the harbor. Parents and adults work hard to help children prepare for life. They want children to be bold and courageous and wise and responsible. Life is full of many dangers, but the greatest joy often lies on the other side of the danger. Jesus encouraged people to “count the cost” of any project to be sure they can be successful (Luke 14:28-31 Luke 14:28-31 28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sits not down first, and counts the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?
29 Lest haply, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him,
30 Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.
31 Or what king, going to make war against another king, sits not down first, and consults whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that comes against him with twenty thousand?
American King James Version×). God did not expect or want His people to stay in a safe harbor. He wants them to learn, think, prepare, use wisdom and then act boldly.
The life of a follower of Jesus Christ is not a life of ease and safety. Jesus went on to state that we are to be ready to forsake all we have to follow Christ (Luke 14:33 Luke 14:33So likewise, whoever he be of you that forsakes not all that he has, he cannot be my disciple.
American King James Version×). It is not that God wants His people to give everything away and be in poverty, but that He expects the kind of courage and devotion that would put Him above all we have. We face a great enemy in Satan, and we often face opposition from within our own families (Matthew 10:36 Matthew 10:36And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.
American King James Version×). True safety for a child of God is not being hidden in some safe harbor—it is in preparing for life and then sailing forth into its stormy seas filled with faith in our Savior and armed with His armor (Ephesians 6:10-17 Ephesians 6:10-17 10 Finally, my brothers, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13 Why take to you the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, with which you shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
American King James Version×). We were not built to stay in a port.