Take A Risk

Life requires risk. We make relational risks, financial risks, physical risks, emotional risks, and social risks. But when was the last time you took a spiritual risk?
Choosing to take a risk is often the key to stepping into a new season of life, success, reward, maturity, etc. Generally speaking, there is no reward without risk. The same applies to your spiritual growth and development.
I believe that a lot of the frustration you feel concerning your faith is due to the fact that you have not taken a spiritual risk — a risk of faith.
This week as I was preparing for this message, I felt the Spirit speak to me saying, “Failure to take a risk of faith will put your faith at risk.”
“At-Risk Faith” is a state or condition of faith that is marked by a high level of vulnerability because it is not being exercised — it has not grown stronger through practice.
“Safe faith” is dangerous because it lulls your faith to sleep, it deprives you of faith-growing, faith-rewarding divine moments. Faith in Christ will involve risk. In nearly every aspect of your relationship with him, the Lord will bring you to the edge of a decision at which point you’ll have to decide whether to leap in the direction he’s calling you (risk) or pull back to a place that seems safe. Where there is no risk, there is no faith. See Hebrews 11:6.
The last thing authentic Christian faith should be is boring. I don’t see boredom falling upon Jesus, his disciples, or the Apostle Paul. Why? Because the risk of faith is a boredom buster.

Resolution #5: This year, I will take a risk of faith instead of submitting to the mundane life that places my faith at risk.

Though we tend to think the heroes of faith in the Bible were superstars with bold personalities, they usually were just like the rest of us who live life tentatively. They weren’t great because they were fearless but because they acted in faith and took a risk in spite of their fears (Examples: Abraham, Noah, Moses, David, Esther).
In order to reap a great reward of faith, there has to be a great risk of faith.
Read: Matthew 25:14-30
The identical statement of praise to both servants indicates that the point of the parable is not on the total amount they started with or the total amount earned but on their willingness to take a risk and demonstrate faithful responsibility.
We tend to avoid a risk of faith because we feel as though we are not great like other spiritual heroes that we have seen. But let me remind you, their greatness always began with risk.
Don’t let the reality of where you are now — and the comparison of yourself to others — keep you from acting in obedience and taking a risk with what you currently do have. You may only be a few risks of faith from where you are now to where you wish you could be as a Christ.
But please listen to me! We do not have the option of doing nothing with our faith. As I said earlier, if we do not take the risk of faith, we place our faith at risk. Notice what happened to the third servant. In reality, each of the servants decisions involved a risk. The first two took a risk of faith and were rewarded for it. The third servant was not willing to risk the master’s investment and because of it, he placed his life at risk.
If your faith in on life support, it’s time to take a risk of faith.
Note: risk of faith is not the same as being faithlessly risky. The risk of faith that honors God is first, and foremost, God-birthed and rooted in His Word.
What risk of faith do you need to take today? I challenge you to avoid the temptation to live risk-free, but instead become free take to risk of faith.