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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.
Some people think: What if God wants me to do something I don’t
want to do? What if doing God’s will means I have to give up my hopes and
dreams? What if God want me to do something I’m not good at? People who
think this way will usually never discover their purpose in serving and how
they are to serve in His kingdom because they are afraid of what God might ask
them to do.
But, this is not the manner in
which God operates in our lives. One of the ways you can know what God wants
from you is by asking yourself the following questions: Where do I fit? What do I enjoy? What brings me delight and
Some people teach that God’s will
is always difficult and requires great sacrifice (i.e. going to some country
you don’t like and eating the food you don’t like or working at some position
in your church such as a greeter. By the way…not only do you not like being the
greeter, everyone who comes in your door KNOWS you don’t like your job! Lol).
However, through my years in ministry this is what I have discovered: “The
most effective people in any ministry or occupation, or just life in general,
are not the ones forcing themselves to do some dreadful task because they feel
it is God’s will. Rather it is the ones who are doing something they enjoy so
much that they feel guilty taking a salary for it.”
When you find something that
challenges and thrills you, when you find something that you sense you were
made to do, chances are you are getting close to discovering God’s will for
your life. This is true in your professional life as well as the ministry you
do in your local church and community. The two are not separated.
When God calls you to do
something, He will always supply the perfect measure of grace you will need to
operate in your gift. But when you try to operate outside your gift, you will
find it difficult, burdensome and miserable because there will be no grace for
it (Eph. 4:7)
Now, this does not mean that
obedience, death to self and sacrifice are never required or necessary. But
when a person is doing what he or she was created, gifted and shaped to do,
there is a taste of sweetness in the sacrifice, a sense of fulfillment in the
obedience and an enduring hope in the suffering.
God’s Will …Will Fit You!
Published on Thursday, January 31, 2013 @ 6:18 AM CDT