Did you know the content of the Dead Sea is valued at five trillion dollars? For many centuries, the Dead Sea has received water from other sources, but has never released its precious contents because it does not have an outlet. Everything is poured in, but nothing comes out.
The Dead Sea is so rich in mineral content that no marine life can survive in its acidic waters. The environment is too harsh to sustain life. When there is an overabundance of riches that is not released, the end result is always a harsh, acidic, death-dealing environment.
Many people are like the Dead Sea – rich in talent, treasure, and time, yet very little of their precious reservoir is released for the benefit of others.
There is another place that is even richer than the Dead Sea: the cemetery. It is the most valuable place on earth because of its overabundance of incredible ideas that people lacked the courage to implement. Buried there are dreams, visions, and plans that were deferred, ideas that could have revolutionized our way of thinking. There are businesses that could have changed many lives, but were never established; best-sellers that were never written, and cures for diseases that prematurely ended the lives of thousands. Although conceived, these precious embryos were never birthed due to a lack of courage and conviction. In the meantime, there are many around us who are “pregnant with evil, conceive trouble, and give birth to disillusionment” (Psalm 7:14 NIV).
Jesus said that we should have a life-giving river flowing from within. Like the Garden of Eden, we should have a main river that feeds at least four other rivers flowing from our spirit. One great idea can lead to at least four opportunities. If one river is temporarily dammed up, we still have three more rivers of opportunity flowing with rich ideas. (Genesis 2:10-14)
Paul, the apostle, encourages us to “Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is” (Ephesians 6:16-17 NIV).
We need courage to implement God’s Kingdom agenda and to fulfill the vision that God has given us. Courage gives us the necessary “thickening”, the steely fortitude, and the hardening to grasp the opportunity that dangles in front of us.