Theme of the Week: All Things New: New Perspectives
Bible Verse: “But I consider my life of no value to myself; my purpose is to finish my course and the ministry I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of God’s grace.” Acts 20:24
Scripture Reading: Acts 20:17-35
Sometimes an athlete gets injured. When they start playing again, they pull back a little so they don’t get hurt. They play scared.
We sometimes play scared in life too. We stop having hard conversations. We stop taking risks. We prioritize comfort and safety over what God calls us to do.
But God doesn’t call us to play scared. We shouldn’t be reckless, but we should live with a higher purpose than our safety and comfort. “A willingness to take some big risks is definitive of every man and woman who has ever loved, obeyed, and accomplished great things for God,” writes Matthew Kruse in his book What Church Can Be.
The Apostle Paul was prepared to risk his life because he had a higher purpose: the fame of Jesus. If you are someone who avoids risk, think about what it would be like to take stop playing scared, and to take some holy risks in your life that would bring glory to God. Make that phone call. Have that conversation. Give away some money. Take a stand. Change your job. Risk is right because God’s glory matters even more than our safety and comfort.
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