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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.
The future prospect for the person who has been born again
is always bright. What do you, as a Christian, have to look forward to in
heaven? In a word…kindness. This is part of the reason your ongoing life after
death will be eternity-long. It will take that long for God to express the full
scope of His love for you: “That in the ages to come he might show the
exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus” (Eph.
2:7). What a future!
So, where is your heart? Where is your focus?
Heaven is primary. Heaven must become our first and ultimate
point of reference. We are built for it, redeemed for it, and on our way to it.
Success demands that we see and respond to “now” in light of “then”. All that
we have, are, and accumulate must be seen as resources by which we influence
and impact the world beyond. Even our tragedies are viewed as events that can
bring eternal gain.
Life’s great issue, then, becomes living today for what
matters forever, living in heaven’s honor. What are you doing now that will be
important one hundred years from today? If we prioritize in light of that
question, we discover the abiding components are amazingly few. Very quickly
the list whittles down to relationships.
One hundred years from today your present income will be
inconsequential. One hundred years from now it won’t matter if you got that big
break, took the trip to Europe, or finally traded up to a Lexus. The cruel
remarks made behind your back will be long since dead, as will be the people
who made them. Whether you threw pizza dough for a living, threw strikeouts for
a major league team, or threw your weight around in some corporate boardroom as
a CEO just won’t matter.
It will matter that you knew God. It will greatly matter,
one hundred years from today that you made a commitment of your life to Jesus
Christ. It will matter what you said since every idle word will be brought into
judgment. It will matter what you did when you thought no one was looking,
since every secret thing will be exposed. It will be important that you loved
your children (and other’s children) and that you helped provide a base of
emotional acceptance on which they built their lives. It will matter that you
fit into God’s purpose for your life and for your time.
Published on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 @ 2:58 PM CDT