Less Risk More Trust
Monday, March 4, 2013
Do you believe the saying that with great risks come great rewards?
Nothing ventured nothing gained.
We’ve all heard the idiom, but do we practice it?
I have a bucket list. Truth be told, I have a spiritual bucket list.
Why are there items on that list? They all require some amount of risk. I would be risking finances, time, career, or even my own life if I attempted some of the items.
But what might happen if I took a summer, dedicated it to serving God wherever He might send me, and went?
I might run out of money, starve, and not be able to get back home.
I might contract a deadly disease and die in the missions field.
I might be captured by natives hostile to the gospel of Jesus Christ, tortured in unspeakable ways, and fail by denying Christ.
I might get planted in an amazing people group that has never heard the gospel, be used in ways I’ve never even imagined, witness first hand as people experience salvation, baptism, and calls to ministry, and even be changed by God myself. I might become filled with the Holy Spirit to the point of overflowing. I might just ooze Jesus from my very pores as a result of the experience.
I might never know if I continue not to try.
The first two servants in this parable took the money they were given, and in the opinion of the third servant, took a huge risk. They invested the money the lord had given them. They hoped their investments would pay off and that they could return the lord’s money with interest. These two servants were risk takers.
The third servant was fearful of losing the lord’s money. So, he did was any conservative person would do. He buried the money in the ground to save it and keep it safe. The third servant wasn’t willing to take a risk. He played it safe.
The first two servants’ investments paid off and they each doubled the lord’s money. The third servant’s investment also paid off; his portion was protected.
When the lord returned, he was happy with the return gained by the first two servants. He made them rulers over more things and invited them to enter in to his joy!
Their risk returned great rewards! The one who risked more, received more. The one who risked two talents received a little less.
Then shuffles in the third servant. Not only does he bring no return, he brings excuses blaming the lord. The lord takes away his talent and gives it to the servant who now already has a total of ten talents.
Does great risk bring great reward?
Yes, and no risk brings discipline.
When we follow the leading of the Lord, it becomes less about risk and more about trust. Do I trust God to keep His promises? Do I trust God to provide the interest or am I relying on my own abilities?
The third servant was certain he would make a mistake and anger the lord.
Guess what? His self-prophecy was absolutely dead on.
I don’t want to be an unprofitable servant. I want to be a risk-taker relying on the One in which there is no risk.