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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 supreme virtue in a culture devoid of conviction is
tolerance. Tolerance used to mean putting up with someone or something that you
do not like or agree with. This belief is consistent with what Paul said in
Romans 15:7. The “new” tolerance is different—it tells us that what every
individual believes is equally right or valid. In other words, all values,
beliefs, lifestyles and truth claims are equally valid. One of the differences
between prejudice and conviction is that prejudice is based on ignorance and
conviction is based on evidence. If morality is relative then the convictions
that Christians espouse have no basis. If there is no absolute moral truth,
then there is no basis for Christian convictions. True tolerance does not
involve the watering down of our convictions to the lowest common denominator.
True tolerance separates the person from the opinion. We commit to treat each
other with respect even when we don’t agree with one another’s beliefs, values,
practices or point of view. Political correctness is based on relative morality
and seeks to put social pressure on Christians to conform to their secular
humanistic point of view. It does not encourage people to think for themselves,
nor does it accept those who subscribe to absolute moral truth. Those who
espouse to relative truth are absolutely sure there is no absolute truth.
What can we do?
We can pray for godly wisdom (Jas. 1:5) and diligently heed
the Scriptures that warn us of these dangers: the world, the flesh and the
devil. We can seek to cultivate the character and conduct of Christ and follow
the Biblical admonitions to model, train and teach our children to stand alone
for God by developing godly convictions. We must develop convictions concerning
how we should live to best please God and how we can successfully confront the
dangers of this world—by learning to do God’s will, God’s way. In short, we can
ask God to give us the knowledge, desire and power to live in a way that is
pleasing to Him.
What are convictions?
The word “conviction” comes from “convictio.” Convictions
are strong beliefs or truths that one is fully convinced of, having been
persuaded by evidence or argument and not merely subjective feelings. We have a
conviction when we are thoroughly convinced or fully persuaded that something
is true. Convictions are more than personal preferences or subjective opinions;
they involve strong beliefs that manifest themselves in actions. A conviction
is a strong belief that we have obediently made a part of our life and
practice. Having convictions is being so thoroughly convinced that something is
absolutely true that you take a stand for it regardless of the consequences.
Paul said that “the Gospel came to you not simply with words, but also with
power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction” (1 Thess.1: 5)
Next Week: How are convictions different from standards?
Published on Monday, September 16, 2013 @ 4:44 AM CDT