Thursday, July 22, 2010

Living Dangerously

To live outside God's will puts us in danger, but to live in His will makes us dangerous. When we begin to seize our divine moments, we do not begin to live risk-free, but instead become free to risk. Erwin McManus, An Unstoppable Force

Throughout this week I have been reflecting on what it means to risk. I have been blown away by re-reading the biblical stories of Noah, Moses, Joshua, Gideon, Elijah...... the list goes on. God asked them to do things that were way outside their realm of understanding, current norms, proven methods and in some cases incredibly dangerous. Think of taking on the most feared army of the day with trumpets, torches and clay pitchers...and with 300 men. Somehow Gideon trusted in his God and obeyed. We know the end of the story - they had little to do other than break a pitcher, hold up a torch and blow a trumpet....not your typical combat activities.

How do we live that out today?
How do we live dangerously like Gideon?
As we look to the future and the huge challenge of mobilizing people, prayer and finance to meet the increasing needs of our work around the world we have less resources than we had before the economy collapsed. It seems an impossible proposition.
What will it look like to take risks and take on this challenge with all the limitations we have?
I dont' know the answer but I can say I want His way and I want to learn how to risk more.
May God give us the ears to hear, the mind to understand and the heart to obey.

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