We all take risks! Some are big and others are small. This is the inherent nature of the lives we live. If risks are not taken, life quickly becomes boring and not worth living. Risks bring life!
It makes me think about my son Caleb. He always has at least one bruise or scratch on his legs. I used to get scared that someone would think I was hurting my son!
The reality is that he loves to jump, ride bikes and scooters, rollerblade and do much more. HE TAKES RISKS!
Now, this post is not, in a general sense, really about taking risks. This post is about taking one specific type of risk. Read the stoey below, found in Mark 15:42-43, after Jesus had died on the cross, giving His life for you and I.
“This all happened on Friday, the day of preparation, the day before the Sabbath. As evening approached, Joseph of Arimathea took a risk and went to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. (Joseph was an honored member of the high council, and he was waiting for the Kingdom of God to come.)”
You see, Joseph wamted to give Jesus’ body a proper burial. Was his risk because of talking to Pilate? I believ there there is truth to that. But, there is a greater risk that He took: THE RISK OF BEING ASSOCIATED WITH JESUS.
As an honored member of the high council (some of the very people which wanted Jesus dead), it was at the very least career suicide to be associated with Jesus. It could have even meant imprisonment or death (why else did all the disciples run when Jesus was arrested)?
I want to encourage you to take a risk and let people know your association with Jesus. Yes, there could be negative side affects, but it is worth it, in order to give Jesus the honor He deserves (as Joseph did).
I mentioned earlier that risks bring life. Could it be that taking a risk for Jesus, the Author of life, could bring you more life than any other risk on earth?