Saturday, 10 March 2012

Sunday Blessings - The Greatest Risk Taker

On Feb 22nd there was a retreat  in our  church. University students, working people and young   families  came  together  to  have  a  time  of  worship, learning and fellowship

These   little sisters  share  the  same  birthday a  year  or  so  apart!
You  can   see  me in  the  middle top.
Here  is  an excerpt from a book  I  am reading.

Wherever you  look  in  the Bible you  are faced  with risk  takers.Humanly speaking Jesus was the greatest  risk taker. If you were calling  people to follow you would you have picked the disciples? Tax collectors, fishermen, radicals and the traditional all  made  up Jesus ' inner circle. There were  people  who were ambitious,longing to see a new order come. Others just seem to have been plain confused.  Some spoke up and others just  talked  among  themselves.

  Imagine leaving that  group to develop the  Church and take the gospel into the  world.  If you or I were planning a world-wide strategy to share the most  important message in the history  of language,I think we would have been a bit more choosy. The charismatic personality, or the leading academic would have swayed us. Experience would be vital, and  we would have  wanted three references. Applicants would have  needed  to take a personality test to check their mental  stability.

  For us style and substance would have to knit together in the proposed candidate. If the person we wanted  was of influence, so much the better. I don 't think that any of the people that Jesus called would have made our short  list. What a great comfort that is. God did not call just  the  perfect, the beautiful or the  obviously gifted. God continues to delight us in taking risks  with people. God calls and  encourages  the weak, ordinary and in the world 's eyes the totally unremarkable. God takes   risks on people like you and I. However, are we  willing to take risks in our walk with God?

(Taken from Fred Drummond' s book "I Spy The Rainbow")

9 Fertilize my soul:

Nadwrażliwiec said...

Last time during the sermon our pastor said, that Jesus was really brave man - He came to Jerusalem, despite the fact, that there were people, who hated Him.
I see, that Your church is big community.

Amrita said...

Hi Zim, people from different churches came together.

Yes Jesus was determined to go to Jerusalem, knowing that it would be his last journey.

Mrs. Mac said...

Jesus has a way of making the unlovely .. lovely .. and using the broken to mend. His ways are perfect and in their simplistic nature bring the message of the Gospel to all humanity .. a very far reaching approach :)

David C Brown said...

"Come after me, and I will make you become fishers of me", Mark 1 verse 17. It all depends on what the Lord Jesus makes us become.

Amrita said...

Mrs Mac, that 's right.

Yes David, how great is our God

Deb said...

I was thinking something very similar to what Mrs. Mac said...The Lord calls the unlovable and then calls us to love the same. Very good post! I may have to add that book on my reading list!

Felisol said...

Dear Amrita,
I'm so happy for you. You belong to a living, seeking congregation, and you are looking so strong and good.
I agree, God is the one taking the risks, letting his good reputation on a stake by letting us call ourselves Christians.
I say like Peter, "Lord, to whom shall we go?"

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

God is God and Jesus Christ can choose what manner and what kind of people He can associate with in spreading the Gospel to the world. Thanks for the post. God bless you always.

Amrita said...

Dear Felisol,people came together from different churches to have fellowship together