Jumping into Risk
“Barnabus and Paul – men who have risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Acts 15: 26
Oh yeah, baby. Jumping off things is in our DNA. It took me about two seconds to come up with my short list of things that I used to love jumping off as a young boy; the roof into a cold pool, trampolines, the swings, jumping into risk for the simple thrill of it.
It’s not a mystery that Jesus used the parable of a little boy to answer this question. “Who’s the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? Imagine being a first generation man looking on, wondering the same thing. “What can I do here that will make me significant up there with God?.” Jesus looked at his guys and knew exactly what message to send.
He called a little child and had him stand among them. He said, “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore who ever humbles himself is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:2-4)
Risk is in the DNA of every man, put there by and for God. You many have misplaced it, neglected it, or misused it, but it is time to get it back. It is time to do something great for God with it right now.
Is He omnipotent or impotent? Sovereign or aloof? Punitive or kind? Faithful or flaky? Loving or vengeful? Just or unjust? Able or unable to make a difference? Creator or kill-joy?
Lord, am I taking any risk at all? Thank you for faith building risk.