How to Spell Faith
Theme of the Week: Wanted: Risk Takers
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
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Key Bible Verse: It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance. He went without knowing where he was going. (Hebrews 11:8)
Dig Deeper: Hebrews 11:1-12:2
Jesus's disciples didn't choose to be involved in risky scenarios simply for the thrill of it. Being stoned wasn't exhilarating, and I have to believe they were not just a bunch of ragtag individuals with a martyr complex. Really, I think there is a pretty simple explanation for their behavior.
When I say risk, I mean faith.
Someone once said the best way to spell faith is R-I-S-K. Where there is no risk, there is no faith. Hebrews 11:1 says, "Faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see" (NIV). There is just a certain amount of risk involved with building your life on the existence of a God we cannot see or touch or feel. Even beyond that, it should come as no surprise that the church has always been wired with some risk. After all, we exist to serve a man who was such a threat to his culture that they murdered him on a cross. So the people of the first church did not embrace risk just for the sake of embracing it; instead, they were driven by their undying faith in Jesus. Where there is a strong faith, when there are crosses involved, there is certain to be some risk.
—Jamie Snyder in Real
My Response: What is the difference between God-honoring risks and foolish risks?
Thought to Apply: Faith is a record of great risks taken.—Winkie Pratney (New Zealand evangelist, Christian apologist, 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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