Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Taking a Chance

Meanwhile, the eleven disciples were on their way to Galilee, headed for the mountain Jesus had set for their reunion. The moment they saw him they worshiped him. Some, though, held back, not sure about worship, about risking themselves totally. Jesus, undeterred, went right ahead and gave his charge: "God authorized and commanded me to commission you: Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I'll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age. Matthew 28:16-20 (The Message)

Even though the disciples knew Jesus and the evidence was right in front of them, some of them weren't willing to take the risk of fully engaging Him. If that was true of people who had the risen Messiah in their presence should we expect any less from us today? 

The truth is that there is great risk involved in following Christ. Changing our life focus can mean giving up our reputation, the security we have worked to create, our social status, our family position, and even close relationships. If we choose not to take those steps of faith however, we see that Christ continues ahead with His plan. The Great Commission was given even in the face of people who were unsure of their commitment. The challenge remains the same: to reach the world. God's success doesn't hinge on our faithful obedience even if God desires to use us to bring it to fruition. 

The irony is that unwillingness to gamble everything on Christ is actually an ill-advised risk that you are right about eternity and God is not. 

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