Thursday, March 6, 2008

Risks

Risk your life and get more than you ever dreamed of … Luke 19:26 (MSG)

"In order to obey God, you need to take risks. Risk is the substance of faith because it requires you to take Step 1 before you see Step 2. Risk compels you to action, even when there seems to be no guarantee of what will be on the other side of your choice."

I like to think of myself as a risk taker, but sometimes putting myself in situations where I'm just "out there" is a risk I'm not always willing to take. This blog, for example...way out of my comfort zone!

I'm a background person. I love working silently and busily in the background, not wanting to risk putting myself in a situation that would cause me to be criticized...or on the flip side, also not allowing praise...invisible. That's how I see myself. But that's OK with me. Is it OK with God?

Invisible - is God asking me to risk my identity...my comfort zone so He can give me a new identity? Is He asking me to become visible so I might be present and available to those around me? Large or small, God uses risks to move me from living by sight to living by faith. God wants me to follow Him...to take my direction from the Holy Spirit and give up my independent, invisible ways to become dependent on Him and His direction.

Can I risk this? No matter!! God is there, on the other side of risk! Always calling me...cheering me on, asking me to struggle with risking myself to struggle to "work out my salvation." Philippians 2:12

God is in my choices - He is on the other side of my choices. He is in my risks...always calling me to risk even more. The more I risk the more I give Him authority over my life, authority over my choices, authority to work all things for the good (Romans 8:28), with plans to help me and not to hurt me (Jeremiah 29:11). Am I risking all for Him? Am I willing?

I'm willing to risk.

Re-arranging my life for Him!

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