What are you willing to risk for God?
There’s a story about a group of baby sharks about six inches long. Thees small sharks were swimming along doing what baby sharks do when suddenly the current changed a big wave came and confined them in little puddles on land, the little puddles of water on the land had everything the shark needed to live the only problem was they were small not a lot of room for growth. A funny thing happened they stayed a size proportionate to the size of the puddles of water they were stuck in. Weeks and years went by and the Sharks stayed six inches long yet they were fully matured. Finally the day came another big wave hit and return them in the ocean, and they grew to their normal length of eight feet.
That also happens to some Christians. I’ve seen some of the cutest little six-inch Christians who swim around in a little puddle afraid to take a risk for God. But if you put them into a larger area not confined and weighed down by the world they can become great. God wants to release you today no longer are you going to be trapped weighed down in little puddles. The time for You is now be released don’t let the world and your situations put you in a small puddles be free! Be free!! Gods releasing a work in your lives.
What are you willing to risk for God?
To laugh is to risk appearing the fool
To weep is to risk appearing weak
To reach out for another is to risk involvement
To expose feelings is to risk exposing, your true self
To place your ideas, your dreams before a crowd is to risk their loss
To love is to risk not being loved in return
To live is to risk dying
To hope is to risk despair
To try is to risk failure
But risks must be taken, because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing
The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing and is nothing
Only a person who risks is free
Ten reasons for not taking risks:
1. We’ve never done it before.
2. But I’m afraid
3. It’s too radical a change
4. The church will never try it
5. The world will not respond to it
6. We’re not ready for it
7. You’re right but….
9. We will never be able to do it it’s too complicated
10. It’s impossible
How many of you have kids? How many times have you asked them to do something and gotten back the question why? How many times to we find our saying don’t ask why just do it. My dad for instance would tell me to do things when I was little son clean your room, I need to to take out the garbage, study, don’t jump into the street. And he’d get the response why? Son he’d say don’t ask why just do it! Come to find out he had my best interest in mind… Study in good, a clean room is better, jumping in front of cars is dangerous. As my father had my best interest in heart so does our heavenly father for us. How many times when God tells us to do something do we say.. why? But God why? Hello this is God we are talking about he loves us unconditionally he wants what best for us and when he asks us to do Something we need not to reply with why…. But with why not why not lord I’m yours use me. Why not me
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Duet. 31:6 NIV)
Gods got you back be a risk taker and say why not me
Risk takers in the bible – why not me
Abraham – who was the father of the people of God, Abraham the risk taker who left the security and comfort of Ur because of the call of God. He took a risk and became the “father of the multitude ” he is the spiritual ancestor of all Jews and the father of the nation of Israel. Abraham said why not me
Isaac- He went to Mount Moriah with his father where Abraham was going to offer up a living sacrifice- Abraham was directed to sacrifice his son- but Abraham knew deep within God would provide a living sacrifice- but Isaac went with and it was risky but God came through with a ram to sacrifice. Isaac said why not me
Moses – This man of God gave up the best Egypt could offer to serve God. He risked his life and reputation in Egypt to serve God. Moses said why not me
Joshua – the risk taker is still considered one of the best military minds of history. His dedication to risking all to take the promised land is noted by all. Joshua said why not
The bible is full of risk takers who instead of saying God why there said sure God why not me
Deborah said why not me
Ruth said why not me
David – a risk taker who challenged a Goliath. He took a risk for God and slew a giant everyone else was afraid of. David said why not me
Solomon said why not me
Jeremiah – The priest who took the risk to speak for God during the heartbreaking final days of Judah. His risk caused himself to be called a traitor, to be arrested, and threatened throughout his ministry. Yet he took the risk for God and as he predicted, Jerusalem was captured and the nation deported because of their unwillingness to repent to God for their sins. Jeremiah said why not me
Esther was an orphan who became queen of Persia. She was placed in her position by the Lord to be the solution to the problem. She needed to risk her life to save the annihlation of the Jewish people by Haman’s evil plan. Esther said why not me
Daniel – a prophet who took the risk of serving God in a nation under captivity and refused to change and conform to their ways. Daniel the prophet who took the risk to refuse to bow to the emperor and acknowledge him as divine. His risk taking caused a King Nebuchadnezzar to accept the Lord. Daniel said why not me
Ezra said why not me
Nehemiah said why not me
John said why not me
Peter – risked all to come to Jesus on the water. Peter said walk on water with God sure why not me
Stephen- The first disciple killed for preaching the Gospel. Stephen said why not me
Andrew -He was killed in preaching the salvation message of Jesus. Andrew said why not me
James, Philip,Thomas,Matthew all said sure God why not me God you need me to go do this ok God sure why not me
Paul -Risked all after his encounter with Jesus to reach the Gentiles for Christ. He endured persecution. Paul said why not me
Mary the mother of Jesus. She risked her reputation and life to give birth to Jesus. Mary said why not me
Joseph was bethrothed to Mary when she was found with child he was going to put her away but an angel changed his mind. He risked everything to marry Mary and raise Jesus. He put his life in danger helping to raise Jesus. Joseph said why not me
Jesus – He was willing to risk all to follow God’s plan even risk his own life on the cross to see to it that God’s plan was fulfilled and the world given redemption through his sacrifice. Jesus said why not me
He is the ultimate risk taker of all time! He worked through his fear in the Garden and he faced them and defeated them with the courage to risk all for God. Jesus knew that to defeat fear you had to risk comfort and safety and face it head on in God.
Al these people had the attitude of a risk taker because they said “Why not Me?” The key here to understand is that maturity in Christianity says “Why not me” The willingness to enter into Whenever, wherever and whatever God wants.
The truth is — when risks are taken for God things happen visions from God become realities. Lives are changed and miracles happen! Risk takers in the bible who left impressions on our minds and spirits as inspiring examples of fearlessness in the face of ridicule, harassment, sacrifice and even death for the spread of the Kingdom of God.
These risk takers changed their future and our life for the better. How about you? Do you want to take a risk for Him? I dare you! Take a risk for Him! Why not you?