Risk. Some people crave it, others shudder at the thought. A skydiver takes a chance every time he or she leaps from a plane and plummets head first to the ground. A police officer is surrounded by risks every day of his or her life. A race car driver puts his or her neck on the line every time they rev up their engines.
But have you ever thought of living for God as a risk?
God? Risky? Yes. And yes, again.
Ask Abraham. He left his home and family to serve God in land that was strange to him.
Ask Moses. He went back to a country where he was a wanted fugitive to liberate God’s people from slavery.
Ask Rahab. She was willing to put her life on the line by concealing Hebrew spies in her home.
Ask Ruth. She journeyed to a strange land with her mother-in-law where she would be seen as an outcast with no certain future.
Ask David. He battled with a giant of no small stature.
Ask Mary. She faced disgrace and stoning when she allowed God to impregnate her without being married.
Ask God. He gave up His only son for every person who ever lived with no guarantee that a single person would ever accept His priceless gift.
But God put his love on the line for us by offering his Son in sacrificial death while we were of no use whatever to him. Romans 5:8 MSG
Serving God is risky. Loving and forgiving people is risky. Like God, there is no guarantee of being loved in return.
Walking in the dream that God has placed in your heart is risky. However, when we avoid these risks we unknowingly step into greater risks. The risk of staying comfortable, complacent and apathetic. The risk of never walking in what you were created to do.
“Be strong. Take courage. Don’t be intimidated. Don’t give them a second thought because God, your God, is striding ahead of you. He’s right there with you. He won’t let you down; he won’t leave you.” Deuteronomy 31:6
Jesus has already gone where you have not. He is Immanuel, “God with us”. Not sometimes, all the time. Every step of the way. Every uncomfortable situation. Every new experience. Every mountain you face. He has your back, and He’s not going anywhere.
I know personally, I have taken the easy route way too many times in my life simply because it looked safe. I didn’t want to risk failing and looking bad in the eyes of others. But the fear of other’s opinions is a risk killer, and eventually, a dream killer.
The fear of human opinion disables; trusting in God protects you from that. Proverbs 29:25 MSG
Another hindrance in our life is excuses. “I’m too young.” “I’m too old.” “I’m not smart enough.” “I didn’t go to college.” “I don’t have time.” “I’m too busy.” “It’s too hard.” “I’ve been through too much.” “I could get hurt.” “It’s too big.” “I don’t know how to start.” “No one has ever done it before.”
The sluggard says, “There’s a lion outside! I’ll be killed in the public square!” Proverbs 22:13
Excuses aren’t a new thing. They have been around for a very long time…
Moses raised another objection to God: “Master, please, I don’t talk well. I’ve never been good with words, neither before nor after you spoke to me. I stutter and stammer.” Ex. 4:10 MSG
When Moses started throwing excuses into God’s face, God’s reaction wasn’t, “Oh, Moses. I apologize. I didn’t even think about that! You’re right, I better find someone else who is better qualified for the job.” No, actually the Bible says God got angry. Because in truth, Moses wasn’t merely questioning his ability. He was questioning God’s ability working in him.
When God puts a dream in your heart He will equip you with the Grace to do the job. No excuses.
The righteous are bold as a lion. Proverbs 28:1
We weren’t called to be safe Christians. We were called to be brave. Willing to do the impossible. We were meant to live on the edge, remove mountains, and conquer new territory in God’s name. Are you willing to take that risk? Are you willing to step at onto the water and take the chance of getting wet?
“Your current safe boundaries were once unknown frontiers.”
Alright, you have made the decisions to take the risk. But how do you start? How do we become more bold? This one is easy. Ask for it. God has given you the right to come boldly before Him and ask for boldness. (Acts 4:29)
Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16
I also want encourage you to read about people who have changed the world for Jesus. Listen to messages and audiobooks of men and women of God who challenge you to make a difference. Spend time with the individuals in your life who are taking risks for God. Go out of your way to do something that makes you uncomfortable…every day.
Start right now. Do something today that makes you uncomfortable. Reach out and make a new friend, call up someone who needs encouraging, apply for that job, start writing that song or book, talk to someone about Jesus, volunteer at your church, go back to school, go to the mission fields…etc.
Whatever it may be – just do it!
No one can stop you from fulfilling your destiny, but you. Are you really going to let you stand in your way, or are you willing to get out of your way and risk it all for the One who risked it all for you?
He considered us a risk worth taking. Do we consider Him a risk worth taking?
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