I was radically arrested by the love of God in 2001 during an encounter I had the first time I personally chose to go to church. Ever since then, I have felt as if I am on the perpetual free fall of a roller coaster: hands up and half way between freaked out and limitless joy.
God made us to live lives that terrify us if we don’t partner with Him. To have dreams that can’t be accomplished with our own abilities. To pray prayers that are God-size. To live a life that trust more in the unseen than the seen.
“While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:18)
At the end of my life, I don’t want to hear people say that Jason was a good man who played life safe, who didn’t take risk for King Jesus. I want people to be encouraged by my faith in Jesus and inspired to live a life that required God to show up.
We all have a side that opposes risk, preferring to play it safe and have life remain somewhat predictable. There is much comfort in the mundane. Some of you may not agree with that statement: you love to take risks and crave adventure. Take it from me, once you have helped plant and lead a church, lived in community as a house dad of twenty-five for two and a half years, had five biological kids of your own, not known how you were going to financially support your family or your church (along with the ordinary, everyday curveballs of life), you begin to crave simplicity. The simple, safe, and predictable life begins to look more appealing than a life that requires risk.
Nonetheless, nobody ever changed the world by playing it safe. I am convinced that every believer is a catalyst for transforming the world, and therefore, was never born for the safe and predictable life that the world has to offer. History is marked by those that decided to live different, sing different, paint different, do business different, raise the children different, and in the end, affect the world differently.
Each day, we must make simple choices of how we are going to live and who we are going to live for. God is not looking for the gifted, but the willing – ordinary people who are doing extraordinary things by simply trusting God to lead them each day.
So, I ask you today, what does it look like – for you – to live a life that terrifies you? Maybe you already are. If not, maybe it begins with giving financially and learning to trust God with your money more. Perhaps it may mean praying for a stranger in Trader Joe’s, or serving with the children ministry at your church. Even opening your heart and a hands afresh to Him can be an exercise in risk. For me, I have discovered that I am only really safe and secure when I am yielded to His will in my life.
Refresh yourself today with some nuggets from Hebrews 11, remembering it was by faith (trust) in God that ordinary people did extraordinary things:
“By faith Abel…”
“By faith Enoch…”
“By faith Noah…”
“By faith Abraham…”
“By faith even Sarah…”
“By faith Isaac…”
“By faith Jacob…”
“By faith Joseph…”
“By faith Moses…”
“By faith Rahab…”