God and Daring
June 6, 2008
“God and daring! Daring is not imprudence. Daring is not
recklessness.” Jose Escriva
Too many people view Christianity as a milksop … nice people
meeting in a nice building doing nice things. The words “adventure,” “excitement,” and “risk” don’t
come to mind when thinking about Christianity.
Strange, when you read through Hebrews 11 of the great heroes
of the faith, “men of whom the world was not worthy” (Hebrews
11:38), who believed great things, achieved great things, and suffered
Strange, when you consider Jesus’ confrontations with authority,
Peter’s miracles, and Paul’s impressive litany in II
Corinthians 11 which included beatings, stonings, and shipwrecks.
Strange, when you remember Gladys Aylward who led 100 children
through war-torn China to safety, Bruce Olsen who – at 19 – walked
into the South American jungle to evangelize a Stone Age tribe,
and Dave Wilkerson who set the gangs of New York on fire for Jesus.
God and daring do go together! We serve a mighty God who is both
our great Deliverer and our conquering King: he dared much to save
us … let us dare much to serve him!
- Would you describe your
faith as daring? If not, what holds you back from taking risks
- What issue burns in your heart? Social justice? The growth
of the Church? The salvation of the lost?
- What new action can
you take to make an impact on the issue that you are most intensely