Are you taking enough risks in order to be obedient and follow Jesus?
There is an area near Beijing, China where school children, some as young as six, climb vine ropes up 600 meter cliffs in order to attend school. The journey is so risky the children only return home two times a month. One slip on the rocky cliff and these children could fall and be seriously injured or die. However, their desire to learn is greater than their fear of falling. The risk is worth it.
What a stark contrast to today’s Church. Millions of Christians and Non-Christians alike sit in our padded church pews as comfortable in our seats as we are in our sin. We choose to sit Sunday after Sunday uncommitted and unable to take risks. We sit still, frozen in our complacency and self-centeredness when there is so much work to do. We feel stirred to come to the altar to pray yet sit motionless pining away for our fried chicken when there are millions of mouths to feed. We feel convicted to give, serve, or go in Jesus’ name yet the distance seems too great or the burden too heavy to bear. So what is the result? Orphans stay abandoned and the homeless stay on the street.
There is a lost and dying world and the Church has become a part of the demise. We idly sit by allowing Church to become a spectator sport. We are entertained with music, impressed with large congregations, yet each member is doing very little for the Kingdom of God. We are more concerned if we are going to sing out of a hymnal or read from a screen. We are not risk takers but uncommitted souls watching and waiting for His return so we can hear “Well done my good and faithful servant.”
So, I ask again, are you taking enough risks to follow Jesus Christ? Or, is fear of the unknown, unlike the Chinese children who are willing to risk their lives to learn, not worth the risk at all?
Then Jesus told his disciples, “If Anyone would come after me let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me (Matthew 16:24, ESV).