Wednesday, February 16, 2011

"Weigh The Risk"

I have found that people who are not willing to take risks rarely accomplish much in life. People who do not take risks in life usually have regrets later.

Risk means something different for the believer.

Matthew 6:25 (AMP) - "Therefore I tell you, stop being perpetually uneasy (anxious and worried) about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink; or about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life greater [in quality] than food, and the body [far above and more excellent] than clothing?"

I'm saying to confront uneasiness. Flee the comfort zone. Launch headlong into what goes against your better judgment into what has been defined as the Holy Spirit's better judgment.

It really does boil down to living according to the flesh or according to the Spirit.

The flesh could either make you take stupid and ridiculous risks, or no risks at all. 

You could live the daredevil lifestyle, or a mundane existence.

The Holy Spirit organizes it all perfectly of we yield to Him.

The kind of risks I'm speaking of are not the dramatic life and limb stuff.

I'm talking about everyday living.  Where you live it all out day to day. Your job. Your home. The gym. School. The market place.

What are you willing to risk for the sake of bringing the Kingdom of Heaven down around you and everyone elses ears?

Would you risk family, friends, and co-workers turning on you? Would you risk losing a job? Would you risk your nest egg? Your 401K? Your safe and secure feeling? Your toys?

Jesus was really saying, isn't life, true living, much more than all this stuff we have come to endear to ourselves?

People are more apt to give up life and limb over their stuff. That's because stuff is perpetual and can be passed along. We have become so attached to the concept of stuff that not only do we think we cannot live without it but that our future generations can't either. The world calls it building a "legacy".

I'd rather be remembered for having the necessities (and perhaps a little more), but in the end having nothing left that wasn't absorbed into the Kingdom in some useful way. After all, isn't a King's Domain legacy much more worthy to bequeath to your loved ones?

At the end of the day I'm not sure if the word "risk" is even applicable in Kingdom living. 

I mean, is it really a risk? Is it a risk when you just know everything is going to turn out OK because you are running with God's plan? Is there ever a down side? Is it ever a win/lose situation?

I can't answer that for you. You have to answer it according to how you trust in Him and His Word. Only you know what you're willing to give up.

If you believe and obey the verse mentioned today, than where is the risk? It's only risky if you fear losing something which is generally nothing more than stuff.

As for me, I want to live and enjoy living. Not just go through the motions of living and slaving away to accumulate and maintain stuff, but living the life that matters.

Remember this: if the world met the Christ of Christianity they would accept Him. Instead they have met the christian of the Christ and have rejected Him.

I really couldn't live with that.

Keepin' it Real,

Pastor Kevin <><

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