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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.
Winston Churchill once said, “You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give.” Churchill was a great leader, and what he said about giving really drives home the point of what I think generosity can be: a lifestyle.
Lifestyles are defined as typical ways of living and there are probably as many different lifestyles as there are people. I’m not advocating a vow of poverty or putting your family at risk. I’m also not for having so much stuff on hand that your home looks like a department store or a hoarder. What I am talking about is thinking of others as you go. When you are at the store and find products you can get for free but wouldn’t use yourself, could you get them to donate?
Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon. Isaiah 58:10
A friend of mine, who teaches Faithful Provisions workshops, shared with me an experience she had and how it impacted a young, homeless mother in recovery at her local Rescue Mission. The rescue mission is a place where men and women come in from the cold, get clean, and learn new life skills. My friend was going to teach a coupon class for the women and brought some extra toiletries to donate. One of the items was something she didn’t need and had considered not buying in the first place. Even after she brought it home, she considered throwing it away, but the thought occurred to her that maybe someone could use it, so she put it in the box with the other items. When the workshop was over, all the women picked items from the box. One woman picked up the item my friend almost didn’t buy. This young mother was so thankful to have it. She came up to my friend after the workshop to tell her how great it was to have it. My friend learned a life lesson that night… even the smallest of things can make a big difference in someone else’s life.
What Is Living Generously?
To me, living generously is:
- using your God-given ability to help those in need.
- where your time, money, and talents come together to meet the needs of others.
- something you can practice all year long, not just at Christmas time.
If you have received salvation from Christ, you have been given the gift of eternal life from God. So, in a very fundamental way, you have already been shown great generosity. The least we can all do is use these gifts to help others in need. Some have more material resources to pull from, some have time, and some just have a big heart. Others have unique talents that can benefit people. No matter what the gift, being generous with your gifts is the key.
You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and . . . your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. 2 Corinthians 9:11
Living Strong Every Day,
Next week: Generous with Your Time
Published on Thursday, November 5, 2015 @ 4:06 PM CDT