A Faith Too Safe?
Theme of the Week: Wanted: Risk Takers
Friday, April 11, 2014
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Key Bible Verses: Yes, we live under constant danger of death because we serve Jesus. … So we live in the face of death, but this has resulted in eternal life for you. (2 Corinthians 4:11-12)
Dig Deeper: 2 Corinthians 4:5-18
The Holy Spirit who empowered the believers in the first church happens to be the same Holy Spirit who lives in us. Sure, 2,000 years have passed, but his desire, ability, and power hasn't changed.
But maybe we have changed. Perhaps we settled for a safer faith.
In all of this talk about risky faith, you could easily draw the wrong conclusions or make rash decisions. Living a life of risky faith does not require you to pursue martyrdom. We tend to associate risk with life-and-death situations, but when it comes to our faith, that is not necessarily the case. For most, living with a risky faith does not mean lying in front of a steamroller, but rather that you are willing to cling to Jesus and his desires for your life even when there is something at stake, like …
Your job … your financial security … your reputation … your dreams.
We would all like to believe we would be ready to die if that is what our faith required, but honestly, if we are not willing to give up a job or an extra vacation or one layer of comfort for our faith, we most likely won't respond well when the steamroller starts inching forward.
—Jamie Snyder in Real
My Response: What God-honoring risk might God be calling me to take in the coming week?
Thought to Apply: When people … risk their lives and fortune in the cause of God's truth, and in love for other people, then God is revealed for who he really is: infinitely valuable and satisfying.—John Piper (pastor, writer)
Adapted from Real by Jamie Snyder (Bethany House, 2013) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.
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Prayer for the Week
Dear Jesus, since your true followers throughout the ages took great risks to live a life of faith, may I be willing to do the same.
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