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The term “Safe Space” has become a popular phrase in today’s culture. Here is the definition – “The terms safe space (or safe-space), safer space, and positive space may also indicate that a teacher, educational institution or student body does not tolerate violence, harassment, hate speech or dissenting views, thereby creating a safe place for all people.”

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one can snatch them out of the Father’s hand. The Father and I are one.” — John 10:27-30

Are We Safe Here?

I was speaking with a college student, and they were telling me a story of a group of college students attending a church service, and my friend was sitting behind some of those visitors. My friend indicated they were asking questions to each other about the service and one of them says, “are we safe here?”. 

That question struck me, as while we all like to be safe. In all honesty, many of us are not. Safety outside of Jesus is an illusion much like job security. We may think we’ve taken steps to assure we are safe, but we may not be as safe as we think we are. I understand in what context the person was asking this question and it’s a legitimate question when you are putting yourself in the presence of others. Should I trust these people? What do I know about them? Are they just asking me here to judge me or do me harm?

As you will see in our verse, Jesus is speaking about eternal safety as He says, “I give them eternal life, and they will never perish…”. 

I want to say that we will never have to worry about our safety, but that’s not realistic. There are many levels too, and they range from wearing seatbelts to being safe on a college campus or at your job.

Where We Find Safety

But our heavenly Father is the only safe space we can count on to always provide that safety. As a Dad, part of your role is a protector, and many of us take that job very seriously. We spend time in prayer about our children, we educate them on how to avoid unsafe situations and may even be a little overprotective at times. 

But as Jesus states, “…no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one can snatch them out of the Father’s hand. The Father and I are one.” I don’t know about you, but that statement gives me a lot of peace as my safety does not depend upon what happens on earth, but instead in the heavenly realms.

I believe if we want to answer the question honestly, “are we safe here?”, we need to make sure we are trusting our lives to the right person. 

 

Author: Tj Todd

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