the Gratitude Attitude
Lives life adventurously
Luke 10.1-12 (CEV)
“the…disciples began to rejoice and praise God with
a loud shout for all the mighty works they had seen”
What’s it with us and risk?
When did you last do something that really scared you? How many of us live lives trying to avert and avoid taking any kind of risks, and then tell ourselves that we’ve lived well?
The risk is taken out of so much of life that even a ‘round the world’ trip isn’t as scary as it once was…it’s still an adventure, an exposure to different places and cultures and histories.
What about telling someone what and why you believe and why they should believe it too? Or even offering prayer on-the-spot as part of the solution to a friend’s need – whether it’s a struggle, or an illness, or a relationship problem?
Praying through a haunted house is scary – but not impossible. With God anything is possible [Luke 1.37; Luke 18.27] and for us it becomes possible if we engage with God by faith.
Sometimes it’s easy to step out, like when Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey – His followers got caught up in a wave of enthusiasm; other times we have draw deeply on our faith and what God promises us.
What does God reveal?
Jesus grabs 72 of His followers and prepares them to become missionaries in their own country. They’ve had time to listen to His message, watch His miracles, see how He works with people. Seems it’s time to move off the sideline and into the action; time to do what they’ve seeing and hearing, what they’ve been learning.
They’re to demonstrate what the love of God is about and explain it too. It can involve confrontation and disbelief as well persuasion, conversion and healing. See what He told the twelve when He sent them out. [Luke 9.1, 2]
He tells them to keep it simple and that they’re not responsible for how people react to their message.
Later the followers come back and report on what they’d seen happen as they took the risk of putting their faith to work. “…they were excited and said, “Lord, even the demons obeyed when we spoke in your name!”” Jesus’ response is really rather interesting and exciting: “I saw Satan fall from heaven like a flash of lightning. I have given you the power to trample on snakes and scorpions and to defeat the power of your enemy Satan. Nothing can harm you. But don’t be happy because evil spirits obey you. Be happy that your names are written in heaven!”
Three simple things about taking a risk and being adventurous with your faith:
- trust that God has given you all you need to do something adventurous on His behalf for others
- see that needs are God’s opportunities
- reach out your hand and heart to love, to help, to transform; what happens is God’s work!