9 December 2014
Most people do not like taking risks. Taking risks are counter-intuitive and not natural. So when it comes to faith, it is also hard for us to take risks. But faith can sometimes mean we need to take a “risk” to follow God’s way rather than our own ways. It may mean doing that seems counter intuitive. A lot of Jesus’ teachings were counter intuitive and involved taking risks.
Jesus told his disciples “Take nothing for the journey–no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, no extra shirt.” when they set out to minister to people. The famous lines: “But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also.” and “…love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,” are also counter intuitive.
But when it comes to faith in Jesus, risk taking is guaranteed return in multiples. Just as how the first disciples of Jesus left everything to follow Jesus, they are called one of the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Jesus said ““Truly I tell you,” Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age: homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields—along with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”
Lord, there is a profound mystery in your ways. They are not easily understood and not easy to follow either. Help me dare to take risks with you and do what may be counter intuitive if this is for your sake. May i not be afraid but have the trust in you to make all things work together for good.