I am increasingly amazed at the bold behavior of those throughout biblical history who led people at great risk. Naturally, Jesus would be the first to come to mind in terms of what He risked at eventually gave at the cross.
Jesus gave it all and I would guess that some might think taking the risk to do the will of God cost him dearly, and I wouldn’t disagree. However, let’s not forget the reward. Conquering sin and death the reward was the resurrected life for Christ and all who would by faith be His disciples. The reward is one that we could never orchestrate or achieve on our own.
So I have been thinking about the nature of risk/reward when it comes to us living in the mission. The same mission that Jesus lived in to accomplish the Father’s will and specifically the mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ. I have been pondering just what kind of risks I am taking to live out that mission well. More specifically I have been thinking have we become so risk averse and settled for life that the rewards that might be gained for the sake of the mission make any real difference.
A friend shared with me some of the innovative work of Ricardo Semler and I was captivated by his approach to innovation in the public education sector which can be found at http://www.innovationunit.org/blog/201210/innovation-education-work-lumiar-schools-sao-paolo-brazil.
In a culture of go big or go home I think that this kind of innovation produced by this degree of risk is the type of creativity that could create mankind sized rewards. Will you join me in prayer and ask God to lead us into the no fear zone knowing that God has got us and that there is no risk in being separated from God’s great love in Christ?