We don’t risk, because we want earthly security, earthly success, and earthly enjoyment. Is there anything wrong with earthly security, success, or enjoyment?  No, but they do present challenges of their own.  And if we value earthly security, success, and enjoyment above the Kingdom of God, then we have a real problem.

Both wealth and poverty have their own challenges and dangers.  If our desire for security, success, and enjoyment leads us to wealth and we are unwilling to take risks for the Kingdom, that’s a dangerous place to be spiritually.  Why?  Because a rich person very easily forgets where all good things come from.  It’s easy to start believing that it’s because of me, my planning, my success, my skills.  As the Proverb says, “I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is Yahweh?’”

Being unwilling to take risks for the Kingdom of God puts us in a dangerous position.  If we are unable and unwilling to risk ourselves physically, materially, relationally, emotionally, and spiritually—we have a problem of misplaced priorities.

This is an excerpt from last Sunday’s service, “We Reap What We Risk,” which can be heard here.

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