September 5, 2017

Today you should read: Mark 8:27-38

Why don’t we take more risks concerning God?
Let’s admit it, We don’t feel that following Jesus is sometimes worth the risk or danger.
We’re afraid of the danger or loss because we want:
a. To feel Safe.
b. To be Protected.
c. To feel Comfortable.

“Will a wise and loving person, then, ever take a risk? Is it wise to expose yourself to loss? Is it loving to endanger others? Is taking risks unwise and unloving? Maybe. But maybe not. What if the circumstances are such that not taking a risk will result in loss and injury? It may not be wise to play it safe. And what if a successful risk would bring great benefit to many people and its failure would bring harm only to yourself? It may
not be loving to chose the comfort of security when something great may be achieved for the cause of God and for the good of others.” -John Piper

However, if you’ve truly received Christ into your heart and life as your Lord and Savior, you’re already taken the biggest risk of all according to Mark 8:31-38. Before expounding on this, we shall ask… “Did Jesus risk his life for us?” (Mark 8:31-33)

Jesus certainly sacrificed. He certainly suffered. He was certainly bold, unashamed & did hard things. He didn’t care about comfort, convenience & safety. But He ultimately didn’t risk anything for us. Although there was great sacrifice & loss, the gain & reward was for sure.

However our response to the Gospel message is where we take the risk. Accepting Christ is never easy, convenient or comfortable. Even if you or me share it with all of the rewards & benefits you have to mention repentance of sin and giving your life to Jesus. It’s in our response
that presents a great risk that many of you already did.

Mark 8:34-38 says we must:

1. Deny yourself- the world is not all about me anymore. What I want, what I like.
2. Take up your cross
3. Follow Jesus
4. Lose your life

In all of these passages of Scripture Jesus is pretty much asking…
Are we choosing COMFORT & CONVENIENCE or are we choosing the CROSS?

Instead of denying ourselves, many times we are justifying ourselves.

See, You must count the cost and then ask yourself, IS IT WORTH THE RISK. All of those things listed above. To give that up takes GREAT, GREAT RISK!!!

Why risk? What do you gain? What’s the reward? What do you receive?

1. Salvation (v. 35, 36)
2. Find Life
3. No shame
4. Worth

If this is true. We receive salvation/forgiveness for our sins, find true life, have no more shame, gain worth… if this is true…THEN in the end… New life in Christ is not really risk? Becoming a Christian is not risk in the end. It is at the time but it is WORTH the cost every single time if this is all true. Gaining the world is not worth your soul.

(Answer below in the comments section)
– How did you have to “count the cost” when originally receiving Christ?
– How was receiving Jesus worth the risks?
– What risks do you need to take RIGHT NOW in your life according to the missionHe has given us?

By: Erik Koliser — West Campus Pastor

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Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

5 thoughts on “September 5, 2017”

  1. I didn’t risk too much when I first started with Jesus. I was young. Throughout my life I have risked much and the gains are always greater. I have a beautiful and loving wife, great kids and a great church family.

  2. I was 15 when I accepted Christ. I was in an unhealthy relationship which I ultimately chose to break off after receiving Christ. I didn’t date anyone and was single until I met tyler in college. Singleness felt like a risk at that time but then God blessed me with a godly husband that loves me like Christ loves the church rather than settling for mediocre relationships.

    I feel that I need to take more risks in my faith by sharing more at work with people I know who are lost.

  3. In the past, I took a great risk to serve others. I began with lots of joy, but then those I served turned against me. I continued to serve but at a high cost to myself. Yet, I was in the will of God.
    It is a cross that we bear. We are called to suffer in Christ. If Christ learned obedience through the things He suffered, how much more do we need to experience lack and pain in order to be conformed to the image of The Savior?
    My responsibilities are mostly past now. My attitude isn’t great though. I want to shield myself from more pain. It’s like I believe that no good deed goes unpunished. But isolating myself from others to protect myself hasn’t brought me joy. God is calling me to more risk; to trust Him again with the unknown. There is no life in living for self. The way of the cross means death to self. Lord, give me the strength to follow You!

    1. I’m sorry to hear that Kaitlyn & I totally understand what you mean. It’s God’s grace that you’re where your at after such a season & remember that Christ’s rewards in heaven is always worth the potential losses & risks we take for Him on this earth. I was encouraged by your words.

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