I love this story. Four guys suddenly realize that they’ve got nothing to lose. They could do what they’ve always done and end up dying of starvation at the gate or they could get up and go outside the gate. The worst that could happen would be that the army laying siege to their city would kill them. If the army spared them they’d live.
Isn’t that so much like our lives? I’ve heard many speakers say, “If you keep doing what you’ve always done, you’ll keep getting what you’ve always got.” A similiar saying is, “The definition of ‘insanity’ is doing what you’ve always done and expecting different results.”
Are you expecting Kingdom breakthroughs? If you are, good. But have your actions and attitudes changed? They don’t need to change to “get” the breakthrough. But they should voluntarily change because of God’s grace-filled promise of a breakthrough.
Look at the story of Zacchaeus the tax collector in Luke 19:1-10. Jesus extended friendship to him before he promised to clean up his act. His extravagant promise of restitution–which went far beyond the legal requirements of the day–came as a spontaneous response to Jesus’ grace-filled contact.
That’s how our actions should change too. Not to get His grace but because we’ve already received it.
How about you? Are you sitting in the gate of your life today or are you going to venture out? After all, what have you got to lose?