Most of my conversations start out with these words from my mouth: I’m reading the best book! Since I call you friends, you will have to endure the same…
I am reading the best book, Anything, by Jennie Allen. Only a few chapters in, I’ve already highlighted sentences on almost every page. She says she asked one of her professors how a person knows God, and he responded with this statement:
“The only exercise that works 100 percent of the time to draw one close to the real God is risk.”
How does that statement strike you?
I agree with him.
I took a risk and went to scary Africa when God put it on my heart, and it changed my relationship with him forever.
For a few decades we have risked writing a check to our church for 10% of our income every month, and that has drawn us close to the Lord as we’ve seen him continually provide for our needs.
I took a risk to put my devotional soul online for you to read, and that has made me have to lean on God like crazy. My relationship with him has grown sweeter as I’ve labored in trying to describe it to you on paper.
The most dangerous and the most relationally rewarding words we can ever say to God: Whatever you want me to do, Lord.
Jesus said, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” (Matthew 16:24 NIV)
Following Jesus is not cozy and predictable.
How much have you risked in following the Lord?
Have you risked your money?
Jennie Allen says her professor went on to say:
“To risk is to willingly place your life in the hand of an unseen God and an unknown future, then to watch him come through. He starts to get real when you live like that.”
I’d love to hear from you today –what risk have you taken in the past that helped you grow closer to God?