“…Barnabas and Paul— men who have risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Acts 15:25b-26
Sitting in a meeting yesterday for the leadership of Washington Presbytery, one member addressed a proposal that was brought forward with a profound and simple statement:
It’s worth the risk
Have you ever been presented with a proposition, an opportunity, a chance to step outside of your comfort zone? Has God ever spoken to you through a trusted friend, a family member, a leader, where you were faced with taking a risk?
Did you take it?
Some risks are patently unwise - driving recklessly and not wearing our seatbelts; writing checks our bank account can’t cover; feeding romantic feelings for someone who’s not our spouse; jumping off tall buildings… you get the idea. But at the same time, a life without risks, a life lived where we never take a chance with the potential of failing, a life where we are never vulnerable… is no life at all. We cannot be insulated from every potential tragedy and any potential loss. We cannot refrain from putting ourselves out there for fear of falling on our faces.
God wants us to take risks. Good risks. God-honoring risks. Sacrificial risks for the sake of sharing his good news and love with the world.
Not all of those risks will pay off. Sometimes, we’ll stub our toes, stumble, miss the trapeze bar as it swings toward us and fall…
The good news is that God has provided a safety net of his grace and mercy. We can take risks, knowing that even if they don’t pan out, if we do them for God’s glory, we will be caught and held tight by our Gracious God.
So, don’t be afraid to take a risk. Don’t be afraid to fail and fall. Plenty of people have taken risks in order for you to know and experience God’s love and grace. As we live and breathe today, it’s our turn!
Risking… and Welcoming people to Grow in Jesus,