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Risk or How To Stick Your Neck Out

“Craving clarity, we attempt to eliminate the risk of trusting God. Fear of the unknown path stretching ahead of us destroys childlike trust in the Father’s active goodness and unrestricted love.”
– Brennan Manning, Ruthless Trust: The Ragamuffins Guide to God

For the last couple of weeks, I’ve had this phrase running through my mind, “The risk of trust.”

Why is it so hard for us to trust? I’ve been thinking about this in regards to God’s unconditional love.

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Belief or How To Live the Life of Your Dreams

We are saved when we believe in Jesus. But we are changed when we realize He believes in us.
Kris Vallotton

Thank God for his saving power.
Thank Jesus for his saving work.
Thank Spirit for his saving draw.

What would we have done if not for this amazing grace?

If all we do in this life if recognize the salvation that Christ has appropriated for us, we are lucky. But if we realize that not only does Christ save us, but he also offers empowerment by his belief in us. Now, the fair question is, “How does Jesus believe in me?” The answer comes from Jesus himself. His belief in us comes from his parables and his commands. You could say he has faith in us.

Jesus began to show that he believed in us by telling us stories. He told three that I want to mention.

One about a lost sheep.
One about a lost coin.
One about a lost son.

He told them in one sitting. He told them to the Pharisees. He told them in front of people who had less than reputable status.

These stories were very relatable.

Sheep

Shepherding was a very common practice in Israel at the time. So, the people listening could’ve put themselves into the story and imagined losing a sheep.

Money

Everyone wants money. Everyone who has money typically wants more. No one wants to lose money.

Children

Children were viewed as a blessing from the Lord in that day. Sons were viewed as a special blessing. The thought of a son asking for his inheritance, same as wishing his father was dead,  and leaving was unimaginable.

Now, all three of these stories are relating to Christ coming to save humanity. But Christ isn’t talking just about a whole, he’s talking about individuals. He’s talking about you.

To believe in something is to put trust in or put weight on it.

Go

The last place I see where Jesus believes in us is his command to go. He tells his disciples that because all authority has been given to him, they are to go tell everyone! He sent them expecting they could fulfill the mission. He has given us the same mission. He believes in you, and he trusts you to do what he said. He doesn’t expect you do accomplish his command all on your own. That should be a relief. He’s sent Spirit to lead us. Also, he’s filled us with the fullness of himself. Our ability to accomplish what he’s asked is not dependent on us.

It’s all Him!
It’s all with His power!
It’s all with Him!

He wouldn’t command us to do something if he didn’t believe we could do it! He wants us to do it!

Rest in this fact: He believes in you!

Trust

Jesus said, ‘Whoever wants to come after Me, let him deny himself, take up his cross and follow me.’… This Scripture is not a call for the self-sacrifice of the disciples or the believer but a call to follow and trust in Christ and His work that He was about to accomplish on the cross… In the most practical sense, Jesus was saying… ‘You boys better stick me with Me; I know what I’m doing. Don’t go running off on your own and getting yourselves into trouble. Just trust Me!’

Benjamin Dunn, The Happy Gospel

The moment we take off on our own and leave the rest and ease that Jesus offers, we journey down the road of self-salvation. Don’t go down that road. It will not end well. But, really it’s not that we have to leave Jesus to start trying to save ourselves. All we have to do is put or accept undue burdens on our own shoulders.

What Jesus promised was an easy yoke and a light burden. What I’ve experienced has been weight, to-dos, and the condemnation of failing to succeed. Then one day I heard about His death that provided me grace.

Game-changer.

Life isn’t always easy. Count on it. But life with Jesus in control is better. Count on it. The bible says the God’s commands are not heavy, irksome, or grievous. His command is to simply believe in Jesus.

So, obey. Stick with Jesus. Trust that He has all this. Trust that He did it all.

Obey and Trust.

If it’s not easy and it’s not light, it’s not Jesus.

Elyse Fitzpatrick

Right

If the devil can’t get you to do wrong, he’ll get you to do right, wrong.

Michael Card

I love this quote because it’s been true for me. Not that the devil didn’t get me to do wrong, but that it is so easy for me to do right, wrong.

Now, what is Michael saying? He’s saying the same thing that Proverbs 14:12 says, “There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.” But, what is it that leads to death? I believe that it’s our little self-salvation projects, our attempts to make ourselves right in the eyes of God, and our feeble tries to be right.

The only way for us to really do right, is to stop trying. Period. Game over. Game, set, match. The only way to actually be right is to rest in the finished work of Jesus and simply trust that He did a better job than we ever could. He won and let our name be engraved on the trophy.

So, do right. Stop doing.

Worry

One of my favorite messages that Jesus gave was the one about “Hakuna Matata”.

Bobby Shirley

Now, before you run away yelling “Heretic”, let me explain.
It could be the recent trip to Disney World or the incessant DVD playing in our van or memories of 8th grade band when we played “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?” at half-time and the movie came out on VHS and we watched it all the time.

Whatever the reason, this thought hit me the other day. For those of you who may not know, or have chosen to forget, Hakuna Matata means “No worries”.

Now, back to how Jesus talked about Hakuna Matata. In Matthew, he is giving his magnum opus of the kingdom that we call the “Sermon on the Mount”. In this message he talks about worry. Check it out.

25 “Therefore, I say to you, don’t worry about your life, what you’ll eat or what you’ll drink, or about your body, what you’ll wear. Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds in the sky. They don’t sow seed or harvest grain or gather crops into barns. Yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth much more than they are? 27 Who among you by worrying can add a single moment to your life? 28 And why do you worry about clothes? Notice how the lilies in the field grow. They don’t wear themselves out with work, and they don’t spin cloth. 29 But I say to you that even Solomon in all of his splendor wasn’t dressed like one of these. 30 If God dresses grass in the field so beautifully, even though it’s alive today and tomorrow it’s thrown into the furnace, won’t God do much more for you, you people of weak faith? 31 Therefore, don’t worry and say, ‘What are we going to eat?’ or ‘What are we going to drink?’ or ‘What are we going to wear?’ 32 Gentiles long for all these things. Your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 Instead, desire first and foremost God’s kingdom and God’s righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore, stop worrying about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Matthew 6:25-34

See? Hakuna Matata!

Now, how can we live with Hakuna Matata “for the rest of our days”? The answer is simple. Desire and trust. I know, I know, too easy. Don’t blame me, blame God. He set it all up this way.

Did you notice verses 33? Desire God and His kingdom, you’ll get what you need. Then, stop worrying. I know that this verse reads really well but practically is not easy at all! But, that is the remedy the God put in place. I’m preaching to myself. He knows what’s best for us. We must trust that. 

So, knowing all this your daily walk should look like this.


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