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Six Characteristics of Kingdom Risk Taking
Six Characteristics of Kingdom Risk Taking
On Sunday, July 25th, I finished preaching the series, Taking a Kingdom Risk. In this series we learned that Kingdom Risk Taking is a necessary component of true discipleship and is a Kingdom protocol (code of conduct) for following Jesus Christ. Jesus calls us to risk, to obey and step out in faith for His glory and to the fullest potential for the kingdom of God realized. Every great risk in Jesus’ Name begins with confidence in the goodness and trustworthiness of God. That He who calls us to “step out in faith” means to trust the One who supplies us with whatever we need to fulfill plans and purposes in and through us.
Kingdom Risk Taking has 6 Characteristics that helps us recognize and understand what is required in in this endeavor. The first five characteristics I have preached about and they are described on the podcast at our website (wordofvictory.org). Here is a synopsis of the last and sixth characteristic:
- Kingdom Risk Taking Is Rooted in Identity.
- Kingdom Risk Taking Is Calculated.
- Kingdom Risk Taking Is Rooted in Faith, Not Fear.
- Kingdom Risk Taking Invites Uncertainty.
- Kingdom Risk Taking Requires Persistence.
- Kingdom Risk Taking Ensures Growth.
The righteous flourish like the palm tree and grow like a cedar in Lebanon. 13 They are planted in the house of the Lord; they flourish in the courts of our God. 14 They still bear fruit in old age; they are ever full of sap and green…
Godly risk taking is different than the risk tied to immediate gratification, which is plentiful in our culture.
- Immediate gratification is often self-serving and short sighted.
- Kingdom Risk Taking is God-driven with long range
The latter can take you some place different, some place better!
Obeying God and stepping out of our comfort zone to trust Him and to walk by faith not only has positive repercussions for us and others around us today, but also for generations to come in the future (see Gen. 26:24).
Because it requires discipline, tempering the uncertainty (characteristic #4) and persistence (characteristic #5)…however, Godly Risk Taking is less common among many Christians.
What is the heart cry of many Christian parents today?
We are surrounded by Christian parents who are grieving
because their children have departed from the Christian faith or never really
embraced it in the first place. They may be involved in alcohol, drugs,
rebellion, immorality or humanistic philosophy—all bringing shame on their
families and the cause of Christ. Others may choose to silently drift further
and further from the Lord “doing their own thing.” A frequent comment that one
hears from such parents is that, “We have tried our best to teach our child
what is right and they have chosen to rebel against God and go their own way.
Where did we do wrong?” Parents have ceded to others the primary responsibility
of teaching and training their children and are suffering the consequences.
What do many Christians adequately fail to realize?
Many Christians fail to realize that we live in a foreign
country and that this world is not our home, nor is it our friend (Jas. 4:4; 1
1. We are surrounded by people who don’t honor God as God by
giving Him His rightful place.
2.We are surrounded by people who do not know, accept,
believe or live according to the truth of God’s Word, but rather believe that
everything is subjective and relative (Jn. 3:18-20).
3. We are surrounded by people who are spiritually blind,
deaf and dumb and under the dominion of the evil one (2 Cor. 4: 4; 1 Jn. 5:
We are the outsiders; this world is not our home. We are
strangers and pilgrims on this earth looking for a city whose builder and maker
is God. We are described as aliens and exiles on our way to a place that Jesus
has prepared for us. (John 14:2, 3) We are subject to the ungodly influences
around us; Scripture warns us not to love the world or the things of this world
(1 Jn. 2:15). We are exhorted not to be conformed to this world, but to be
transformed (Rom. 12:2).
Why is “believing” not enough?
Today, “believing” is not enough. It’s not that believing
isn’t important; it is. In our time, believing is made out to be more of a
preference based on one’s subjective feelings at the moment rather than a
strong conviction based on sound evidence. We live in a culture that’s
radically different from the one the baby boomers experienced in their
formative years. In today’s culture, many beliefs are subjectively determined
and therefore, may frequently be subject to change. It’s “politically correct”
in our culture to be tolerant with everyone except those who believe in
objective truth. Those who hold such a position are subject to widespread scorn
and ridicule. They aren’t likely to uphold or maintain such beliefs without
having strong convictions concerning the truth. It’s not enough to merely
believe or give mental assent to biblical truths about God. We need to develop
inner convictions which will enable us to stand alone against those who
subscribe to a secular humanistic worldview (Jas. 2:18-20).
Next week: The
Impact of Political Correctness on Personal Christian Convictions.
Published on Monday, September 9, 2013 @ 9:31 AM CDT