Faith and love are pillars of our walk with Christ and yet they are two of the most risky ventures in life. In fact, much of what God calls us to in our life could be characterized as risky. Jesus leaving heaven to come to earth is fraught with risk.
Philippians 2: 1-11, "5 You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. 6 Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. 7 Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being.
When he appeared in human form, 8 he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. 9 Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."
If this is true and I believe that it is, than how is it possible that so many Christ followers play it safe? We get comfortable, avoid risk, ward off change, and practically run from things that my disrupt our routine. Call it business or just life this is true for so many people. I might be at the front of the line on this one.
I'm often guilty of being caught up in my routine so much it isn't until several minutes or even hours later, I realize God was trying to tell me something or the Holy Spirit was speaking to me regarding a particular situation. This happens far more than I care to admit. I wonder how different life would be if we slowed things down. If we would PAUSE. THINK. LISTEN.
What would life look like if instead of running from risk or things that disrupt the rigors of our day we ran towards them? What if we embraced the risk? What if we looked at opportunities to stretch our faith and expand our love as the beautiful whimsy of life? What if we dared to travel in places that our feet may fail? What if we walked on paths where our knowledge, our past experiences, and conventional wisdom did not reside?
I'm convinced that Christ is calling us to the kind of life where risk taking is not a once in a while sort of event but a daily adventure. Faith is risky. Hebrews 11: 1, "Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see." It is risky to venture into places where we cannot see the end or even around the corner.
Love is risky too. Loving others is easy if they love us back, never hurt us, never let us down, and always do exactly what we expect them to do. BUT who has those kind of friends? Who actually wants those kind of friends? What if people don't love you back? Then what do you do? I'm not sure we get a free pass on loving those who don't love us back?
Luke 6: 32-35, "32 “If you love only those who love you, why should you get credit for that? Even sinners love those who love them! 33 And if you do good only to those who do good to you, why should you get credit? Even sinners do that much! 34 And if you lend money only to those who can repay you, why should you get credit? Even sinners will lend to other sinners for a full return. 35 “Love your enemies! Do good to them."
To sum it all up, I would like to challenge our thinking with the words from a rather popular song called Oceans. You could even consider this as a prayer to challenge us to take a risk today in the great adventure with Jesus. It is my prayer today.
You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown where feet may fail
And there I find You in the mystery
In oceans deep
My faith will stand
And I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise, my soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine
Your grace abounds in deepest waters
Your sovereign hand
Will be my guide
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me
You've never failed and You won't start now
Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior
Have a great day!