September 14 RiSK with an unfailing God (Isaiah 55:8-13; 46:9-10)
September 21 RiSK with an uncertain future (Genesis 12)
September 28 RiSK with unlikely resources (Judges 7)
October 5 RiSK for an undeniable cause (Esther 4)
October 19 RiSK to Go Public (Matthew 3)
Our lives have a choice. We can retreat or risk.
Retreating is living a life that runs away from significance. It swims in the superficiality of our culture. It coasts through daily relationships and activities. It is wandering and wasting opportunities as you cling to a life of convenience and comfort. It stays safe and secure by never touching the serious issues of life.
Risk is a decision that Jesus is everything. Jesus is worthy of it all. This life races toward eternal significance. It recognizes that Jesus has created us for a greater purpose than any material possession or prize in this world. This life is not wasted but daily dies to selfish ambitions, hopes and plans. It is desperate for grace from God and compassion for others. It risks everything because nothing is really owned to begin with – but Christ (Philippians 3:7-10).
Risk is right. To release the pursuits, possessions, pleasures, safety, and security of this world in order to follow Jesus wherever He leads, no matter the cost, is not sacrificial as much as it is smart. “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose” (Jim Elliot). Our deepest delight is in God’s great glory.