I’ve always been a guy who will take RISKS. Sometimes, even to the point being in HARM’S WAY. No, I don’t mean to imply that I would risk someone else’s life, so that I can get a “high,” …nothing to do with drugs, or drinking. NO…NO. Some people, like me, get a “high” from jumping out of an airplane, or off a high cliff into the water below. Or, like picking up a snake; or backing down a dog. Or, worse…a guy intent on doing you harm. I try to stay away from the risks involving people.
I am the first to admit… I’ve made my share of mistakes; while taking a RISK. I’m talking about doing “just dumb things.” But when it comes to business… I love the “thrill of the kill.” I LOVE a deal that takes me right to the edge…and then…winning. Ok…enough about my thrills.
What I really want to talk about is how…taking a risk with GOD, can be rewarding. We are told in Luke 6:38 – Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”
Now, listen to me….don’t get excited, yet. I’m not talking about all this “TV Evangelism” TRIPE, you see. What I’m going to tell you is from my own personal experience. And, you can take it, or leave it. God does “wondrous things.” I once had a warehouse for rent for $1000 per month. I had a guy call me from a “high-level-government-office,” (as if I knew him) telling me he would pay $2500 per month, if I would rent the warehouse to him (personally). I said politely…NO. Why would anyone want to rent something a pay more than twice the going rate, if he were not up to “no-good.” I really needed the money, too, as interest rates were running 22%, and at that time, I owed too much. But no…was NO.
About one month later, I sold one-mile of interstate frontage for 3 ½ times more than what I had paid 3 years earlier…giving me enough money to build a mortgage-free motel. God REWARDED me for doing his will. I’ve got many stories like this I could tell.
I’ve told the story about, my belief, that I was a “closet Christian.” I had a personal relationship with God, which I shared with “no-one.” I prayed (as the bible said to do) privately, and didn’t challenge myself, or anyone else, with the Gospel…for many years. Just 3 ½ years ago, I came to realize that Matthew 29:19 was talking directly to me. “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” There was, and still is, a RISK in coming out of the “safety of my closet” and PROFESSING the Gospel to all of mankind. I use LinkedIn and my own website (BrOOKS-of-WISDOM) to do just that. I am barely “scratching the surface,” in my efforts to RISK all in the pursuit of “following Christ.”
What are we “really willing to do” to tell the “story of SALVATION. All 12 Apostles were killed, excepting John. There are thousands being killed every day, somewhere….just for being CHRISTIAN, and even JEW. Jesus told us in Matthew 16:25 – Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. “For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.” And, again in Matthew 19:29, he said – “And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or farms for My name’s sake, will receive many times as much, and will inherit eternal life. “But many who are first will be last; and the last, first.”
Remember: didn’t God sacrifice His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, so that we might have “life-ever-lasting.” What are willing to do? What “risks” are we willing to take for God? One day…He will ask if we have taken up our Cross, and followed Him. …. Blessings… cjlb…3/7/15.