Risk: The Big Black Door

A general of the Persian army always gave his condemned prisoners a choice, the firing squad or the black door. Most chose the firing squad. The prisoners were never told what was on the other side of the door.

 

 

When asked what was on the other side of the black door the general answered, “Freedom, and I’ve known only a few brave enough to take it.”

 

 

Risk…it is at the core of all that Christianity is about. Paul’s statement to the Romans, “The just shall live by faith,” implies that Christians are called to a life of adventure and risk.

 

 

In the parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14-30), Jesus called to His disciple’s attention the absolute necessity of taking risks as His servants. Two servants risked and were rewarded. The third servant was a different story.

 

 

The third servant said, “I was afraid I would lose your money, so I hid it in the earth. Look, here is your money back” (verse 25). Jesus response to this servant was, “Take the money from this servant, and give it to the one with ten bags of silver. To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away” (verses 28-29).

 

 

Risk defined in the Christian life is: living outside of your comfort zone. What are we risking today for the glory of God? One great missionary defined his life in the following statement: Attempt great things for God, expect great things from God!

 

 

If risk is the “big black door,” I’m ready to walk through it, how about you?

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