God has called us to something only we can do: take risks. God doesn’t take risks. God can’t take risks. He is sure of Himself, His desires, and His plans. He will never do something with uncertainty. His words will never return void. His words will always become reality. This is the foundation for every risk we take:
WE HAVE A GOD WHOSE HEART IS UNCHANGING, WHOSE KINGDOM IS UNSHAKABLE, AND WHOSE PLANS ARE PERFECT.
So what is God calling us to? Every day He is calling us to trust in Him. To depend on Him for our provision. To yield to His wisdom in our decisions. To trust that what He says is what we need. To know what He calls us to is what is best for us and for everyone else involved. To know that there is no one else more worthy of our faith and trust. This is why we take risks.
There is no one like Him. And this God loves us. His name is Jesus. He is the Word become flesh. He is the promise made visible. Everything we see in Jesus is the embodiment of this God who is all trustworthy, all certain, and ever with us. We can trust Him with everything. We can take risks for the sake of His kingdom knowing that He is with us, for us, and backs up what He calls us to every time.
God has a desire and a plan for His church - His sons & daughters - to be a wellspring from which His message and kingdom are revealed throughout the world. His church will reach the nations with the Gospel of the kingdom of God through risk-takers. A people led by His Spirit, advancing the message and hope of Christ through stepping out beyond themselves and into a place of faith and trust in Him.
We are a people who take risks because we trust in a God who is faithful and able to accomplish the things He calls us to do. We are a people who take risks because we recognize those who have gone before us who have believed and trusted in God enough to take the risk to invest in us in order that we might meet Jesus personally. We are a people who take risks because our risking leads us and those we reach to deeper places with God that we could never get to by safer, less costly means.
WHAT IS A RISK?
A personal, intentional, face to face touch with someone to love them boldly and obey Jesus simply that will lead our community to come alive in the adventure of following and trusting God in daily encounters.
Risks are the things we do and the decisions we make that move us to a place where our heart, soul, mind, and strength are called to life and faith in God like never before. A life of risking is a life of faith and thriving. Thriving personally does not require less of us, it requires all of us.
- Risks are NOT the shortcuts we take or make that lead us to always choose the path of least resistance. Risks that require less of us will not help us grow, develop, and become like Jesus. When our risk taking becomes decisions we make to abdicate ourselves of responsibility and difficulty, they naturally lead us to a critical spirit, deferred hope, and absent faith.
HOW DO I TAKE RISKS?
Pray and ask Jesus how you can love someone boldly and obey Him simply.
Respond in faith to what He calls you to by doing it (don't delay your obedience).
Jesus could call you to invite someone to church, to share the Gospel with someone specific, to pray for a friend/stranger, to pay for someone's food, etc. Whatever He calls you to, set your heart to love people boldly and obey Jesus simply.
WHAT IF JESUS IS CALLING ME TO DO SOMETHING I'VE NEVER DONE BEFORE?
When Jesus called His disciples, He called them into a ministry of love that they had never experienced before. Jesus called His disciples out of what was normal to them and into what was normal for Him.
We love to take risks together. Jesus always sent His disciples out in pairs. This was for encouragement and accountability. Ask someone to help you take the risk God is calling you to, and help others in taking risks as well.
If you have concerns about whether or not what you sense Jesus is calling you to do is really Him, or if it's safe to do, please check with someone in the church that you trust and ask them to pray about it. Does the risk line up with the heart of God as reflected in the Bible? Does the risk require you to step out in faith? Will you taking the risk fill someone with hope and lead them to Jesus? Will the risk result in love? If you answered all of those questions "YES" you will have a greater chance that your risk is sound. If you would like more clarity, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
WHAT DO I DO AFTER I TAKE A RISK?
Whatever happens after you obey is up to God. Trust Him with the results of your risks and wherever they lead you.