That is really one of the greatest scenes! Flick answers the call to the triple-dog-dare! I have been on both ends of that kind of dare before, haven’t you? As we get older it seems that we forget about such things. We move away from the double and triple-dog-dares, but the challenges are still present. We are dared everyday with respect to many items. In adult talk, and especially church adult talk, we like to use the term “temptation”. I am not sure why we use this term except that we find it in scripture. However, to consider Jesus being double-dog-dared to eat bread is more dramatic!
What are we dared to do?
- to trust my wits over God’s
- to keep the tithe to pay medical bills
- to spend more time with family and less time with God
- to believe just once will be OK
- to rationalize my behavior as being right even though it makes me sick when I do
- to trust humanity more than God
- to seek satisfaction outside of marriage
- to quit
- to gamble
- to earn Heaven
We are all dared on so many levels every day. These kinds of dares come from evil and will take us down the path of destruction. Like Flick, we feel trapped at times. We are not sure how to respond. The pressure of those around us and our pride within us have joined forces. Not sure of how to escape, we act.
Summer is just around the corner and that means for many Vacation Bible School. For me, we are going to Colossal Coaster World where we will be dared to do many things. These dares come from God and will lead us down a path of strength and stability. Here are 5 things we will be dared to do but we can start anytime.
1. Dare to Change – Acts 9:1-18
In Acts 9:1-18 we encounter a life changing moment for 2 people. Saul was breathing threats and incarcerating people for believing in Jesus and practicing “The Way”. Ananias was minding his own business trying not to be thrown into prison. In one day both lives would be altered. God came to each of them in a way required to get their attention. God sometimes uses the fantastic to get our attention. Saul was blinded by a light and spoken to by God. He was dared to make changes. Ananias lived in fear. He was dared to make changes. Saul’s entire education was be flipped on its head. Ananias’ fear would be challenged to become focused courage. God changes us in ways we cannot completely fathom. What is God daring you to change in your life?
2. Dare to Speak Up – Acts 9:20-30
Saul was transformed from breathing threats to sharing the Gospel. Not everyone understood or believed in him. He was trying to do the right thing but his reputation preceded him. He could have given up and shut up but instead he faced his fears head on and kept sharing the message of the Messiah everyday. Escaping for his life he went to Jerusalem. The believers there were skeptical at best also. Barnabas dared to speak up on behalf of Saul. He told the story and encouraged the people to give God’s grace a chance with Saul.
3. Dare to Believe – Acts 16:16-34
As we approach this passage of scripture belief is the key component. Paul believed that change was an available option for slave girl and later for themselves. Paul believed that God could change the slave girl and free her from divination. No matter how far she had gone into that world, Paul believed God could free her. When he and Silas were in prison, the sang praises because they knew God could free them. Even though they were shackled in prison, they had belief. The jailor believed that God could save him by faith in Jesus Christ. They believed in spite of the challenges of politics and personal difficulties. What are you being dared to believe?
4. Dare to Stand Strong – Acts 21:27-23:11
The apostle Paul was seized under false charges and his life was in danger. The courts heard the accusations but determined that there was nothing to them. The crowds began to cry out for Paul to be killed. In that moment, Paul asked if he could speak. What was he going to say? With the great spin doctors of our modern politics we might imagine many ways Paul could spin his situation. What Paul did next was daring. He began to share his testimony and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Many in the crowds and Sanhedrin despised what he had to say but God encouraged him with these words:
Have courage! For you have testified about Me in Jerusalem,
so you must also testify about me in Rome.
In no small way, God told him he was being salvaged from the judicial wreckage in Jerusalem, but also being sent to Rome. Because he stood strong for the truth, God was sparing his very life. What truth needs you to stand strong?
5. Dare to Trust – Acts 27
When you call on Jesus Christ, all of Heaven rises to meet that need because we do not have a pile of rocks but a risen Savior we can trust. We can trust Him with out financial problems, our relationship nightmares, and our physical ailments. We can trust Him with our spouses and with our kids. We can trust Him when things change and when they do not. We can trust Him during the songs we know and the ones we don’t. We can trust Him when things wrong and when they work. We trust God and in doing so we reveal to those around us the peace of God that accompanies trust. I dare you to trust God in every way for every thing!
I triple-dog-dare you!