Boldly Going Where...There is Risk  

Posted by Mike Sharrow in , , ,

Yesterday this guy was preaching about the "power of words" and their value to build up and encourage fellow believers. He even addressed the concept of taking "risk" to encounter conflict or get your hands dirty by wading into the water of a situation for the sake of another person. For many of us, the mental picture turned to unpleasant individuals in our lives or situations we know are so messy we'll likely get a headache in the process.

Then, this morning a CNN report briefly mentions a South African lady who voluntarily waded into the waters of Afghanistan to help disabled people and was ruthlessly assassinated by the Taliban for proclaiming the Gospel. Martyred in the year 2008 in a region occupied by the world's most powerful and "Christian" nation.

On the scale or risks we can take, I think we should remember that 98% of us will never truly experience the cost of discipleship, price of following and depth of risk a majority frontier Christians have for centuries.

Let us therefore....Go.

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7 thoughts and responses

Anonymous  

Could it be Jesus is on the way and 98% the true believers will experience, "the cost of discipleship"? Just a thought. I think more are beginning to feel the cost and even more will if the presidential election swings in favor of the evil one. ar

October 20, 2008 at 8:45 AM

I think it's important for us to remember that our freedom is in Christ and the cost of that freedom is far less for us in the Untied States...but it may not always be so. And if we aren't willing to step out to take a risk for Christ at work or school are we willing to pay the higher costs of following Jesus, should we need to?

October 20, 2008 at 9:02 AM

Anonymous I agree...When John McCain came home from Vietnam and cheated on his wife for 6 years and then filed for a marriage liscence before he was even divorced then got into bed with the Keating 5 I knew then he was the Anti Christ... : ) Or maybe it was Gorbachev with his birthmark...hmmm..I fear we are more two party partisan that Christian...the syncretism of capitalism and democracy into Christianity is a unique distortion...voodoo is so much easier to spot.

October 20, 2008 at 9:57 AM
Anonymous  

I'm laughing and crying at the same time.

October 20, 2008 at 10:32 AM

the cost is self.

anything less is an idolatrous delusion.

October 20, 2008 at 4:46 PM
John Walters  

When I was in Spain Barbara and I were walking back to the bus station to leave Cordoba and return to Madrid. Just outside of the station we passed by a man lying in the middle of the street just a few feet from an intersection. He had a bag with lying beside him. My initial response was this was a set up. The bag sort of looked like a dummy child. We had been warned so much to watch out for thieves in Spain that my reaction was to be very suspicous. We walked by hurriedly, avoiding the "trap". As we got some distance away someone had stopped to help the man and he had actually fallen. I felt like such a coward, just like those who walked past the Samaritan who had been beaten. We are so conditioned to think safety first that we usually choose security over saving souls. I've preached that but when I had the opportunity to walk the talk, I walked on by.

October 20, 2008 at 5:18 PM
Federico  

Well I had my experience being on the otherside(darkside).The risk is a lot more than you think,I tell you,You got to know J.C now days.It's totaly wild out there.I know.Today&everyday I thank God that he is saving me,so I wouldn,t be my oldself(no considerate for no oneeles."LORD,even when I have trouble all around me, you will keep me alive." Psalm 138:7..Let us not forget this brave LADY.

October 22, 2008 at 2:11 PM

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