Taking Risks: God’s Call to Live Boldly

Something strange happened to me recently—I turned 60. What I anticipated would be a season of daring things and taking more risks, turned into the opposite. Rather than lean in to whatever adventure might be ahead, I held more tightly to everything I have. I took fewer risks with God’s gifts and blessings—and nowhere was this truer than here at PFI.

I thought about all the things that could go wrong with expanding our work, and of the risks associated with it. The fear of losing everything we’ve gained stopped me in my tracks. I felt like a rock climber who reached a critical point in a climb and then froze; afraid to make the next move. I couldn’t bear the thought of taking the wrong step and losing all the ground gained on the hard climb. 

But then, one day, I was outside walking and praying. I felt restless and called to God for help. And I believe God spoke, reminding me that the proper attitude of leaders in Christian ministry isn’t one of survival. I felt convicted that it was wrong to waste our days trying to prolong the blessings God has waiting for us. God calls us to live boldly! As we seek His counsel and labour as ministry leaders in His name, we should continue to take risks for the Lord and push forward for the Kingdom. We shouldn’t view the inevitable mistakes and setbacks as failures, but as learning experiences and opportunities to trust God more, while following Him to correct our course.

I am certain that a great faith in a living God provides a deep sense of security, which allows us to take risks for the Kingdom. I hope you’ll join me.

“But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord” 
(1 Corinthians 1: 27 – 31, NIV, emphasis added).

Article originally published June 7, 2016, in Prison Fellowship International’s PFI Roundtable.

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