Nowadays, living without risk is normal and applauded.
My life has been lavished with stability and safety, unfortunately so much so that it would be easy to depend on routine instead of on my all-powerful God. I think I start to settle for a version Christianity that revolves around me, instead of pursuing a lifestyle around central message of my faith; abandoning myself. So often I get caught up in the petty distractions, ease, and comfort of my day-to-day life while subconsciously abandoning God’s calling to a risk-filled faith. Maybe you can relate with an exchange of the radical and the comfortable. If we are going to accomplish God’s global goal, it requires a complete surrender of ourselves. Paul, in Philippians 4:11-13 illustrates reckless faith honestly and beautifully.
“I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well-fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.”
This passage would easily be believable if he wrote it while lounging on a plush velvet chair, surrounded by a feast and servants ready to wait on every plea. In reality, Paul was smack dab in the middle of misery. Instead of a house, he resided in a filthy, damp jail cell. Instead of a wholesome meal, he ate whatever crumbs were given to him. Even so, with shackles dangling from his wrists, he penned these words. The strength and perseverance that Paul possessed isn’t an uncommon gift from God; the Lord faithfully and willingly delivers it daily!
“Faith does not operate in the realm of the possible. There is no glory to God in something that is humanly possible. Faith begins where man’s power ends.”
There are a countless number of people who God uses in incredible ways. Their stories can help foster an even deeper desire to break free of limiting comfort zones and recklessly pursue the love of our Father.
Chan illustrates the life-giving freedom that accompanies breaking the spiritual status quo. Our heavenly Father is beckoning us to a passionate relationship with Him. Francis Chan recounts the life-changing effects of falling in love with God.
“But God doesn’t call us to be comfortable. He calls us to trust Him so completely that we are unafraid to put ourselves in situations where we will be in trouble if He doesn’t come through.”
Francis Chan: Crazy Love
In a fun and whimsical way, Bob Goff relays his life’s adventures, recounting the many ways that love does. In small yet fearless leaps of faith, Bob discovered new characteristics of Jesus by being completely devoted to a Spirit-led life of loving others.
“Every day God invites us on the same kind of adventure. It’s not a trip where He sends us to a rigid itinerary, He simply invites us. God asks what it is He’s made us to love, what it is that captures our attention, what feeds that deep indescribable need of our souls to experience the richness of the world He made. And then, leaning over us, He whispers, “Let’s go do that together.”
Bob Goff: Love Does
Katie Davis, a girl not much older than myself, abandoned the ease of modern society, and bravely ventured to Uganda. She fearlessly followed God’s will, and is now the mother to several orphaned children. Leaving behind the comfort of her Tennessee life, she ignored the rationale of her family and friends and chose the harder path; the one God wanted her on.
“It may take place in a foreign land or it may take place in your backyard, but I believe that we were each created to change the world for someone. To serve someone. To love someone the way Christ first loved us, to spread His light. This is the dream, and it is possible.”
Katie Davis: Kisses From Katie
This is a remarkable, true story written by a wife to a man,who died alongside other missionaries, while ministering to residents of Ecuador. An act of pure faith, Elisabeth later spent two years ministering to the same people who killed her beloved husband. God took this woman’s hopeless situation and transformed it into a snapshot of His unconditional, relentless love.
“I have one desire now – to live a life of reckless abandon for the Lord, putting all my energy and strength into it.”
Elisabeth Elliot: Through the Gates of Splendor
At a young age, Yohannan committed to taking the road less traveled. Boldly speaking to the masses, the Lord helped Him overcome obstacles, raise support and eventually begin a large mission foundation: Gospel for Asia. He devoted his entire life to making an impact on the 10/40 window, a part of the world desperately in need of the love of Christ.
“The secret to following God’s will, I discovered, usually is wrapped up in rejecting the good for God’s best.”
K.P. Yohannan: Revolution in World Missions
“Then Jesus told His disciples, “If anyone would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.”
Heavenly Father, please grant us boldness to speak your truth, fearlessness to follow your will, and a reckless love for You. Thank you for the examples of Paul and all of these authors who obeyed your call. Let us abandon comfort and embrace our calling. In your name,