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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.
Several years ago, Nike ran a television advertisement that remains one of the all-time favorites in advertising history. The ad pictured Michael Jordan, the greatest basketball player who has ever played the game (in my humble opinion), dribbling a basketball down the court. When he approached the foul line, he just seemed to take off into the air. With his long legs spread-eagle, his tongue curling out of his mouth, sweat flying from his bald head, brown fingers wrapped around the basketball, arm poised in a graceful arc above his head, and eyes intently focused on the goal, he actually seemed to fly!
His flight took him above the rim of the basketball goal. Then he swiftly brought his arm down and jammed the ball through the net. At this point, the television screen went black and three words appeared: JUST DO IT.
The message was clear. There came a time for Michael Jordan to stop bragging and talking and planning and thinking and practicing and dribbling… and just do it! Just put the ball in the basket!
In the same way, there comes a time for Christians, for you and me, to stop reading and studying and discussing and thinking and praying and repenting…and just DO IT! Put all that you know and all you’ve experienced into practice and start living it out. Now. The time has come for you to move your feet.
The prophet Ezekiel was an Israelite exiled in Babylon during the time of Daniel and his friends. While living in a refugee camp on top of a garbage dump, he experienced a personal revival with God. He testified, “When I saw [Him], I fell face down, and I heard the voice of one speaking. He said: ‘Son of man, I am sending you.’” Ezek. 1:28; 2:3
While personal revival is something to be cherished in our hearts forever, and while it is something that brings great joy and deep peace, it is also something that should compel us to serve the One who has set us on fire! In fact, if it doesn’t, I question its validity. You cannot experience personal revival in your relationship with Jesus Christ and do nothing!
If you truly have awakened, opened your eyes, rendered your heart, bent your knees, and said yes, then it naturally follows that you must (it’s not an option), you must move your feet! If you claim, “I’ve seen the Lord,” what difference has it made? What difference has it made that others can see? What impact has your vision of Jesus had on your life?
Move your feet!
Published on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 @ 9:32 AM CDT