It was late Saturday night, we had just finished having bible study at my friend's house and went outside to play cops and robbers. A riveting game where 12-year-old boys would get assigned either as a cop or a robber. Then depending on who you were, you would either hid and run for your life or seek and chase. On this particular night, I was on the robber side, which meant running from the "cops".
Our crew had made a fatal error and had run into a dead end. The only escape rut would be to jump over a neighbors fence into their back yard. To give you context on what was going through my mind at this point, I was what's known as a "Goody Two-Shoes", so for me jumping over the fence was not a viable option. I GOT CAUGHT. But my friends, they were risk-takers and hopped over that fence without a second thought.
When you hear the phrase Risk Taker what do you think of?
Maybe, you think of a cliff jumper, someone who jumps from multiple stories high just for the fun of it.
Maybe, you think of a an artist who quits their job to pursue their life long dream.
Maybe, you think of someone at a gambling table in Las Vegas, betting their life savings to make it big.
The idea of being a risk taker come with it many options and feelings, maybe of excitement or fear, irresponsibility or enjoyment.
As I've been living the Christian life and seeking to better understand our calling, I've come to the realization that it is our calling to become godly risk takers for God's glory.
For different personalities, the statement I just made, may lead you to excitement or to began to shake in fear. To be honest, I belong in the later group. My personality is not to take risks. I prefer most often to play it safe. To stay in my comfort zone, but I have been convicted that it is truly all our callings to become godly risk taker.
Let me explain.
I would define a godly risk taker is someone who courageously pursues their calling, regardless of the challenges, setbacks, and struggles they may face because of it.
In that definition, I mentioned that becoming a godly risk taker was about following our calling. So... What is our calling or at least one of them as disciples?
I think one of the biggest areas where we need to be godly risk takers is the area of evangelism and discipleship.
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20
You may be asking you self, at this point, "what does sharing the gospel and discipleship has to do with being a godly risk taker?"
If you've ever participated in sharing the gospel with someone you know or maybe a stranger, you'll now that kid of fear and trepidation that often springs out. When we share the gospel we risk them rejecting it, rejecting us, disliking us, getting angry, us not having the answer to their objection, us not knowing what to say, and the list goes one.
That's not to scare you, but it is to say, it is a risk, but it is a risk worth taking.
That's what being a godly risk taker is all about.
I want to clarify, because in the grand scheme of eternity, it would be a greater risk to not share the gospel on account of the importance of the other persons standing before we the almighty God. However, to us, from our perspective it feels like a risk.
God is calling us out of comfort into courage, to live as a godly risk taker!
Let's move on to other areas where we need to be godly risk takers.
IN OUR CAREERS
Whatever career you find yourself in or whether your in school or not, I want you to ask yourself this question:
In what areas has I chosen comfort over being courageous?
Notice here, I'm not just talking about evangelism, I'm talking about in regard to your productivity, or how you treat others in the workplace or at school. I'm talking about step up as a leader when it would just be easier to stay in the corner. Think deeply about this.
But remember, part of being a godly risk taker is understand the difficulty ahead. Just because you've decide to make godly movement in your life doesn't mean everyone is going to be receptive to that. However, godly risks are worth taking!
IN OUR COMMUNITIES
What does it mean to be godly risk takers in our communities, family, friendships, relationships?
This question is to big to fully answer here, but I want to give you some bullet points as you think about these things this week.
- being vulnerable and authentic in our relationships and friendships
To be real and open about our emotions and perspectives, even with the risk of rejection or judgment.
- Stepping out to serve in areas where we may not feel totally equipped
To serve out of love for God and others, even with the risk of messing up or being disliked.
BECOME GODLY RISK TAKER
Worldly risk taking is about the thrill, the ride, the excitement.
Godly risk taking is about making moves that matter for a greater purpose, even with the risk of rejection, judgment, people disliking us, not being receptive to us, etc.
But this kind of risk taking is so worth it! Began the journey of becoming a godly risk taker today, stepping out of comfort into a courageous life!