Taking a risk
Posted on February 8, 2011 by

Jesus had 12 disciples but only 1 completely betrayed him. While the other 11, in spite of their faults, went on to change the world.
Only 1 of the 12 turned his back on Jesus.. and even though Jesus knew that he would be betrayed by that 1… It didn’t stop him from spending time with them, teaching them, imparting into their lives, sharing of himself with them. Loving them and living life with them.
How many of us have passed up on the 11 that we could have imparted into and helped mold into great people who love the Lord all for fear of the 1 who would betray us?
How many times have we heard about the importance of discipling others. We know it’s necessary and we know we wouldn’t be who we are today if it had not been because someone took that risk on us. We could’ve been the 1 that would turn our back… Yet they chose to love us and teach us how to love the Lord.
It’s hard work. Getting your hands dirty in other peoples lives. Letting others into your own personal life, giving them a glimpse of your own weakness. Being transparent before others and asking them to imitate how you live for Christ is intimidating. It makes you vulnerable.

What a great example we have in Jesus that in spite of all that he chose to love and take the risk.
There is someone who needs you to teach them, to walk with them and help them live this new life in Christ. To be the example of how to love God. Who knows how the one you disciple will change the world?

Would you follow Jesus example and take a risk on 1?

Matthew 28:19-20 (The Message)

18-20 Jesus, undeterred, went right ahead and gave his charge: “God authorized and commanded me to commission you: Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.”

  • david

    Hi, this comment might step on a few toes so if you’re brave continue.
    In last evenings service there was a prophetic word spoken. 1st God was coming in like a flood to destroy whatever problem, bondage &/or struggle you might have. The congregation cheered & clapped. The 2nd part was if we search Him with our heart, to worship Him from the very depth of our heart. The cheers weren’t to loud.
    Why would God said that could it be that we have become preoccupy, playing church? That we become like the Pharisee, we wash our hands, the outside of the bowl but the inside is still dirty. Here is what I mean, have you become irresponsible with your bro/sis, have you said I’ll call you back & don’t. Don’t show up when you said you were. Or cancel because another bro/sis that you have more in common with told you to meet them at the same time or because something more fun came up. Is this loving you neighbor like yourself? Is this doing everything as onto the Lord? NO! It’s selfish, inconsiderate, irresponsible & ungodly. We have the nerve to justify it with the word of God. I know you heard some one say or maybe you said it once or twice this I quote “the bible to love him/her but I don’t have to like them” if this is you repent. Do you say hi to a bro/sis when they say hi to you or try to avoid them. Big difference from the world.
    Now lets look at Christian that are territorial. That’s my section, my row, my seat or when it to duties, “oh that’s my job no that’s not my job etc. We are Christ’s so all we do revolves & should be for Him, Jesus. Lets start beating our flesh.
    I believe the bible has it all it tells us what to do, how to do it, when to do it. Here’s an example remember is an example. The disciples ask Jesus teach us to pray & Jesus gave them an outline; Our Father….. But now we have 6 weeks courses tons of books on pray 200-300 pages, work books. You have churches that have a 3 step program. Other took the 3 step & think they improved it & added3 more step. In the old testament God gave 10 commandments & the priest turn it into 800+ talking about CONTROL FREAKS.
    Today its no different either we believe Gods words are sufficient or we don’t. TRUST GOD ! Then we want to control other peoples gift, ex: worship like this, teach like this, preach like this evangelize like this. If God gave the person the gift don’t you think He knows if that person can handle or that, that’s the way He wanted that person to use the gift? Lets us just trust God & do what He wants love each other just like He loves us sacrificially, without expecting anything in return.
    When you’re alone can people tell you’re a Christian without you saying anything? Or are you the type the even with your bible open in front of you people come & say what your reading & why are you reading it? The early church kept it simple real simple, they prayed, studied the word of God & went out & did it. They trusted God that His word would not come back void they didn’t try to control God or the situation or justify their actions. Ex: when peter need server he say “hey you guys pick 7 brother full of the spirit & wisdom & have a good reputation.” He didn’t say then have them fill out this application I’ll interview them & let you know what I decide. He trust them but mostly he trusted God.
    Now go out & live worthy of your calling for we are ambassador of Christ no longer do we live but Christ in us.