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Thursday, September 27, 2012

God Requires Risky Obedience

In summary of Luke 19:26 it says, “To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given to them.  Those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away.”

Bottom Line:
Risk you life and use well what you are given, if you do you’ll find even more is given to you.  However if you do nothing and play it safe then even what you have will be taken away.

What this means to me:
If I’m willing to risk my life in obedience to what He asks of me, he will provide more than I can ever dream of.  If instead, I try to play it safe, then what I do have will be taken away and I’ll end up holding the bag.  If God is asking me to take a step of faith, but I hesitate to take it (waiting until he shows me the steps afterward), I’m actually not waiting on God, rather he’s waitin on me.  God wants to use risks of obedience in my life to push me deeper in faith.  I need to step toward faith even when I don’t know what the next step will be.  The not knowing is what requires my faith and it compels me to rely on God to guide me forward.  What seems to be a no-guarantee situation actually comes with the greatest guarantee of all - a God-guarantee; that he’s working in my life.  With this I can enter into the risky obedience know that God will provide the strength to do it.  That he will help change my priorities to match his, (sacrificing in faith), what I cannot keep for the things that can never be taken away.   I can engage in the risky obedience of making disciples of people I encounter and teaching them that a risky obedience of following Jesus comes with a God-guarantee. Today I will consider tasks that are before me that at this point seem impossible.  I’ll think about how my approach to it can change if I believe it comes from God and he is wanting me to move forward in risky obedience.