DayBreaks for 9/03/14 – Risk Takers?
Matthew 14:28-30 (NLT) Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.” 29 “Yes, come,” Jesus said. So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted.
It doesn’t seem to me that many of us, least those of us in the United States, are risking very much for our faith. That’s not true of our brothers and sisters who are being beheaded in parts of the world for their refusal to compromise their faith, or to leave and go to a safe place.
Someone once described the average American Christian today in terms of a person dressed in a deep-sea diving suit, oxygen mask firmly in place, marching resolutely into the bathroom to pull the plug out of the bathtub. An old slogan says: “Expect great things from God; Attempt great things for God.” We’re pretty good at the first; not so hot with the second. Or, as our minister puts it: “Attempt something so great for God that it is doomed to fail unless He is in it.”
Remember the words of Shakespeare: “Our doubts are traitors, And make us lose the good we oft might win, By fearing to attempt.” (Measure for Measure, I, iv.) Though we may sneer at him and cluck our tongues at his failure, Peter at least dared to attempt.
When is the last time you really risked anything of any significance for God?
PRAYER: Lord, we need Your courage – the kind of courage that enabled you to deal boldly with those who were determined to kill you – and the kind of courage that enabled you to face death for us who are so undeserving! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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