Risk-Takers

 

by CVC Staff

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.”

Joshua 1:9

Here are some risks that we think are worth taking.

Spiritual Risks

  • 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.

 

Conversational Risks

  • 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.).

 

Relational Risks

  • 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.

Financial Risks

  • 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.”