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9:00am & 10:45am,
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HEROES TAKE RISKS FOR GOD

“Only a real risk tests the reality of a belief.” – C.S. Lewis.

When you hear “risk-taking,” does your adrenaline start to flow? Are you excited or concerned? The thought of facing a tough challenge or taking a risk is not as exciting and adventurous as the big screen portrays. In reality, we find safety in remaining in our comfort zones, protected and secure. But are we truly content with where we are? Do we long for more out of life?

Most followers of Jesus will exercise two levels of faith at one time or another. One level is to be inactive and wait patiently for the Lord to move. This level of faith involves believing that God will bring about a solution apart from any effort on our end. It is predicated on being still and waiting for God to act. The second level of faith is being proactive and assertive. We take the initiative to find the answer to a need. And by moving forward, we force ourselves to a dependence on the Lord that wouldn’t be possible if we merely sat still.

Time and again in the Gospels, we see examples of people taking risks motivated by their faith in Christ. In Matthew 8–9, for instance, we see no fewer than six examples of individuals who took a risk and stepped out in faith: the leper who alone approached Jesus (8:1–4), the centurion with the paralyzed servant (8:5–13), the paralytic and his friends (9:1–8), the ruler whose daughter was ill and the hemorrhaging woman (9:18–26), and the two blind men (9:27–31). In four situations, people took risks and were rewarded for their faith.

The Christian life is taking the radical step of faith to follow Christ and fulfill His purposes for your life.  What makes that step radical is that it always involves significant risk because where there is no risk, there is no faith. The Lord brings us back to Himself when we step out in faith. Our hearts are turned to Him. Our relationship with God is deepened. We encounter God rather than just knowing about Him. He is no longer a God on paper but living within us. Risk helps reignite our relationship with God, bringing us back to Himself.

So when does God want us to operate at level one faith and when at level two? If we are facing a seemingly insurmountable problem–a situation that we believe we are powerless to influence–we should be still and wait on the Lord. But there will also be times when action is required, where we may be asked to take bold steps, and yes, to take some risks. Faith is simply doing what God tells you to do whether you feel like it or not, and in fact, especially when you don’t feel like it, regardless of the circumstances, because He said it and His Word is true.

Discussion Questions

  1. How will you know what God is going to do in your life, unless you take risks?
  2. As you’ve taken risks of faith, did God’s path seem impractical, at first? In what ways?
  3. What are some of the promises of God that you can trust as you take risks?

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