We don’t because we don’t know how it will turn out.
We want and wait for a guarantee of success, but all we get is a guarantee of presence. God’s presence is incredible but often not good enough to push us to action.
The conversation never happens. New churches and ministries aren’t started. We hope things will work themselves out. Challenges aren’t issued, dreams aren’t pursued, and relationships never deepen.
Because we are afraid how things will turn out.
God calls us to action not to results.
Moses was given tools (staff) and relationships (Aaron and Miriam) to accomplish the Exodus, but Moses dies in the desert. Peter is given leadership in the early church, but he betrays Jesus in the process and is martyred in the end. David is made king, but wrecks his family and is forbidden from the crowning achievement of building the Temple because of his violent life.
Living in that moment of calling and identity is exciting and exhilarating. The newness of a fresh adventure feeds our egos but it does not sustain.
Sometimes we quit in the middle of it looking for something “more secure”. Or we never venture out past this calling as we wait for the right opportunity or we wait until the conditions are such that we feel we have assured success.
You and I are called to things that may be abject disasters. We could lose income or relationships, church plants and ministries may never take off, critical friends and families are proven correct. Things are a mess but we were obedient.
It is our crippling fear of failure that keeps us disobedient.
You and I will fail.
As followers of Christ we have to accept the fact that God has used failures to do incredible things. What if Peter hadn’t returned to the others to fish? What if Moses walked away from the ungrateful? What if David used his popularity and army to depose Saul before it was time?
Failure can serve a point if we move through it with the confidence of who we are and what our calling is.