When you really think about it, to love is to risk, isn’t it? Remember what the Tin an said after he found his heart and Dorothy was going to be leaving him? “Now I know I have a heart because it’s breaking.” That’s the risk.

To live a life of faith is to risk. When the apostles and elders of the Jerusalem church wrote the letter to their gentile brothers and sisters they spoke of “...our dear friends, Barnabas and Paul—men who have risked their lives for the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

(Acts 15:25-26)

But remember this...the risks of faith are not foolhardy. They are not to be equated with gambling. To love and to live in the Name of Jesus is, in the final analysis, not risky. In fact the investments of faith, hope and love are the only ones you can count on for sure...because our God is trustworthy. So with glad and trusting heart, risk it all on God!

The Risk Takers

To laugh is to risk appearing a fool.

To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.

To reach out for another is to risk involvement.

To expose feelings is to risk rejection.

To place your dreams before the crowd is to risk ridicule.

To go forward in the face of overwhelming odds is to risk failure.

But risks must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.

Our Lord was a risk-taker too. In spite of the many times His apprentices let Him down, He kept believing in them. Ultimately, His trust in them was vindicated. Now then, what am I going to do about His trust in me? Surely I won’t let Him down. Will I?

Written and submitted by Doug Oakes, minister, Woodlawn Church of Christ, Zanesville; email: my7acorns@gmail.com

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