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A Legacy of Risk
Theme of the Week: Wanted: Risk Takers
Tuesday, April 8, 2014

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Key Bible Verses: Jesus called out to them, "Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!" And they left their nets at once and followed him. (Matthew 4:19-20)

Dig Deeper: Matthew 4:18-22; 9:9

You cannot be a follower of Jesus without inheriting a certain level of risk. It has always been a bit risky to follow Christ. More than a bit, actually.

Recently, I have been studying the passages where Jesus called his first disciples. Peter, Andrew, James, and John were fishermen by trade. It wasn't a glamorous living, for sure, but it was a living, and it was most likely the only trade they knew. Yet when Jesus invited them to follow him, we are told they left their nets behind. To us that may just sound like a Sunday school lesson, but for them it was a significant risk. Then Matthew, a tax collector, left his financial security for the sake of following this poor Jewish teacher named Jesus; that was a risky proposition.

In Acts 14 we find Paul preaching in a city called Lystra. Apparently his message wasn't well received, because afterward he was beaten to the brink of death, dragged outside the city gates, and left to die. When he came to, he immediately went back into the city to preach again.

Some people run away from risk, others seem to embrace it. Like Jesus followers.

—Jamie Snyder in Real

My Response: What is my favorite risk-taking story from the Bible or from church history? Why is it my favorite? What principle from this story do I (or should I) apply to my life?

Thought to Apply: I have searched the Bible, looking for examples of early believers whose lives were marked by rigidity, predictability, … and caution. … Instead, the examples I find are of adventurous, risk-taking, enthusiastic, and authentic believers.—Chuck Swindoll (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.

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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Curt Schleicher

April 08, 2014  9:07am

I must confess that I am that rigidly, predictable, & cautious man. Seldom, the go-for-it type individual. Take this weakness of mine, Father in Heaven, and nurture more risk taking for Jesus. May I follow in the steps of Daniel in the Old Testament. Having a faith that endures the fire and comes back ever so much stronger for the experience. Amen.

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