During a recent staff meeting we read through a bit of Joshua about being courageous risk takers and reflected on how God is calling us to move spiritually, conversationally, relationally, and financially.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
Here are some risks that we think are worth taking.
- Abandon our agenda/distance yourself from comfort.
- Humble ourselves—goes against our flesh to not be filled with self.
- Pray risky prayers.
- Invest time in eternal things.
- Listen to God and do what He says—obey Him.
- Consider it JOY in trials.
- Utilize the power of testimony (yours and others’).
- Form risky relationships for the sake of advancing the gospel.
- Walk in spiritual disciplines (fasting, prayer, Bible reading) instead of other things (“Meditate day and night”).
- Seek spiritual wisdom from others who can speak into your life (accountability).
- Know God’s Word.
- Be doers of the Word not just hearers.
- Walk with God in such a way that it’s enough for you to have just enough light for the step you’re on. Trust God for the rest.
- Identify spiritual warfare and respond to it.
- Walk in unconditional love and be willing to be vulnerable.
- Follow Christ with ALL your heart, soul, mind, and strength.
- Be willing to say hard things.
- Be a better listener.
- Have intentional conversations.
- Be responsive to what you see around you.
- Be selfless with your time.
- Use discernment in order to ask “next level” questions (going deeper, not just having surface conversations).
- Ask creative questions.
- Remember: people over screens!
- Create space for conversations.
- Push past the awkward moments.
- Be willing to move out of your comfort zone (cross generations, cultures, affinities, etc.).
- Be faithful in relationships—don’t give up on people.
- Go deeper in asking follow-up questions.
- Be persistent.
- Take the first step…then the second…and so on.
- Help a stranger.
- Show hospitality with openness and trust.
- Be honest and transparent.
- Slow down enough to serve and sacrifice.
- Develop diverse relationships.
- Take initiative without be prompted.
- Listen to the Holy Spirit.
- Ask someone for help if you need it.
- Offer to pray with/for someone.
- Love and forgive those who have hurt you. Reconcile broken relationships.
- Title 10% (or more).
- Be good stewards while trusting God to provide.
- Hold loosely to the nest egg.
- Acknowledge that all your resources are from God and for God.
- Pray for God’s wisdom in using money.
- Set a “blessings budget” to be intentional with giving.
- Teach your children about giving.
- Give your time too—don’t avoid serving because you think it’s enough to give money.
- Don’t give with “strings attached” or ulterior motives.
- “Live Simply so that others can Simply Live.”