How often have we either said or heard, "we better keep our distance". We usually say that when we want to "know" what is happening, but not really be involved. Think about when you were in grade school. There were fights that would break out. Everyone wanted to be a witness to the fight, but not many people wanted to be close enough to get smacked. Think about an accident on the highway. People can't keep themselves from staring, but not many actually want to get out of their car and help.
When Jesus was betrayed in the garden, Peter attempted to cut off one of the soliders heads. Peter had just been told by Jesus that he would deny even knowing Christ 3 times before the end of the night. After Jesus had been arrested, and was being led away, we are told that Peter followed at a distance.
Those who had arrested Jesus took him to Caiaphas, the high priest, where the teachers of the law and the elders had assembled. 58But Peter followed him at a distance, right up to the courtyard of the high priest. He entered and sat down with the guards to see the outcome.
How many of us are more content just "following at a distance"? I mean think about it, wouldn't we rather just "be there" to witness and maybe even partake in all the greatness of God, without actually having to "get our hands dirty"? Jesus said that only if we are willing to "lose our life" will we actually find it. I challenge you today not to just follow at a distance, but rather jump in, both feet, and do the work of God.
We have all been blesed with talents, abilities, and gifts. Shouldn't we start using them for heaven's sake? We really need to give our best efforts to God. He tells us that in our weakness, He is able to show His strength. Turst Him today, and do you best.