Risk is Important
If there were two words that you could use to describe Christians and churches I don’t think it would be these words: RISK TAKERS.
‘Predictable’, ‘boring’ or even ‘routine’, but ‘risk takers’ are not words typically associated with Christians. However, I believe that this should never be. I believe that risk taking should be synonymous with what it means to be a Christian. Now I am not saying that we should take foolish or even unwise risks. But what I am saying is that it seems to me that a willingness to step out of the boat and take a risk is exactly what God wants from us as his people.
Key Ingredient for Faith
You see faith often involves risk. On Sunday mornings at CityReach Oakden we are studying the life of Abraham in a series called the school of faith. And in the story of Abraham God called him to leave his country and go to a land that he would show him (Gen 12:1). In other words, he called him to go without knowing exactly what lay ahead of him, or exactly where he would be going. This would be risky for Abraham because he had to leave the familiar – his family and his country for the unfamiliar – the land that God would show him. There were no guarantees in advance for Abraham, apart from the promises of God, that everything would be okay. But God said go so Abraham went. He trusted in God and so took the risk.
The Relationship of Risk and Reward
And where there is no risk, there is no reward. In the history of the church it has been Christians who have been willing to risk it all and step out in faith that have made the greatest difference for God. So what risk is God asking you to take? What step of faith does he want you to take? If you wait for everything to feel right, or for everything to be just right you will never do anything? Listen to God’s voice and step out and take a risk for his glory.