Ever feel like you live in a dream?
You want to ask someone to pinch you because you are not even sure you are alive.
Am I living?
Is this all there really is to life?
Why don’t I feel like I have a purpose?
Will I ever find passion in anything I do?
Awakened by risk
How can risk awaken you?
Have you ever witnessed someone at their deathbed? Or maybe what felt like their deathbed?
What did their priorities sound like?
I know for my dad, most of his statements and conversations had to do with people. He talked about how blessed he felt to get to live long enough to see his great-grand-kids.
And many of his regrets had to do with how his decisions had affected many of his relationships – mostly with his wife and kids.
He didn’t mention anything about making more money or building some kind of empire.
What’s it really worth?
I think risk has the same effect as death does. It awakens you to what is of real value.
If you never risk then you risk living blind to the things that hold true value – namely people and God.
Maybe this is why Jesus commanded us to do so? Mark 12:30-31 – “And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
Risk or lack of risk shows you what you have placed on the throne of your heart. Or in other words, the thing that you value the most.
The most common sense is to risk the thing of lesser value to get the thing of greater value.
So what are you risking?
What do you really value?
Just like with any decision, you will intentionally or unintentionally do a pro vs. con analysis. Does what you gain outweigh what you lose or vice-versa?
Jesus calls this counting the cost.
Luke 14:28 For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it?
Taking time to think about this could really open your eyes to the reality of what you are at risk of losing.
It might just turn out that you are forfeiting something of greater value for what you think matters most.
Wake up and risk for Christ
Philippians 1:21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
So if you risk your life for the sake of Christ then you gain Christ.
But if you don’t risk this life for the sake of Christ then you forfeit Jesus.
On the spectrum of risk, is Jesus on the side of gain or loss?
Risk. Risk it all, if you must, in order to gain Christ.
Risk pushes you into the unknown.
You can either stand still in fear or move forward with risk.
Risk awakens you to the frailty of life. Scripture says that we are but a mist here one moment and gone the next – James 4:14
Otherwise, our lives lay dormant underneath the blankets of our false sense of safety. You think that by not stepping out in faith you can have a long prosperous life.
Risk awakens you to the real risk you are taking
Are you misplacing your risk?
Luke 12:4-5 “I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body, and after that have nothing more that they can do. But I will warn you whom to fear: fear him who, after he has killed, has authority to cast into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him!
When you live your life pleasing people you are risking the eternal for the temporary.
Jesus says that misplaced fear can have eternal consequences.
So the real risk might actually be in not risking.
Luke 12:16-2116 And he told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man produced plentifully, 1 and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ 1 And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.”’ But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.”
Much like the “fool” in this story, our tendency is to want to gather, save, accumulate just in case something happens and then to coast as safe as possible.
Our default is safe and easy.
But is this always God’s way?
The problem with this is not in wanting to by wise and saving for a rainy day. It’s in leaving God out of the equation.
If it’s harder to stay, we want to go. Or if it’s harder to go, we want to stay.
The tendency of your flesh is to choose that path of least resistance, which allows you to depend on you and not God.
So the question is what, not if, you will risk?
We all risk.
Every decision we make we either risk something of earthly value or heavenly value.
So risk for the only thing worthy of risking for – God’s Glory.
Are you scared to risk?
What are you afraid to lose?
Have you ever considered that you might be risking something of heavenly value?