Dare to Risk (Part Two) by Dennis and Barbara Rainey

Psalm 18:35
Thou hast also given me the shield of Thy salvation, and Thy right hand upholds me; and Thy gentleness makes me great.

What is the real need among Christians today? It’s not safety, security or a fat savings account. It is not better facilities, better programs, flashier television shows, a celebrity’s testimony, more people in the ministry or an open door for the gospel in a closed country. These are all needs. But what is the real need?

Dawson Trotman, founder of the Navigators, was asked about the need of the hour. He replied:

The need of the hour is an army of soldiers dedicated to Jesus Christ who believe that He is God, that He can fulfill every promise He ever made, and that nothing is too hard for Him. This is the only way we can accomplish what is on God’s heart, getting the gospel to every creature.

The real need is for risk takers-those who dare to lean out over the cliff’s edge on the promises of His Word. Jesus called them disciples.

I can assure you I’m a novice, but if I keep going out over the edge, sooner or later I’m going to become a veteran in the faith.

Stepping out in faith doesn’t have to be knee jarring, heart pounding or spectacular. For some it may mean volunteering to teach Sunday School, or additional giving. But for others the hazards may be more costly, such as witnessing to a boss or a neighbor. The risk includes the exposure that comes from attempting something that can be pulled off only in and through Jesus Christ.

Venture out! Don’t play it safe. Life is too short. Remember Helen Keller’s words: “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” Find your true safety in Christ and go for it!

One thing I learned while mountain climbing is that Jesus is my Rock. Those ropes were bolted in six places to that immovable granite mountain before we dangled over the edge. Likewise, Christ, our Rock, is immovable. He is our refuge, our strength, our safety.

If you don’t have a vision for your life and marriage, why not get on your knees tonight as a couple and ask God to help you see what He wants you to do?

What would you do if you knew you could not fail?

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