There are all kinds of risk we take in life. In one sense everything we do requires a risk. Even getting into your car to drive to work is a risk. It may be one of the smallest risk you take, but there is real exposure to danger. There is the possibility that you could hit another car and be sued over damages or you could get physically hurt. However, the chances of this happening are slim to none. At work you may be considering asking your boss for a raise. Here is another risk. You could possibly be risking advancement in the company or a good relationship with your boss. Often we are unaware of the risks that we take because the risks are so small. We get accustomed to taking these small risks day in and day out.
The Lord has called us to risk our lives for him. In siding with him before others we risk embarrassment or ridicule from coworkers or neighbors. Right now in America the risk is fairly small. The worst you will probably see is that you could be made fun of or be thought of as behind the times. However, everything indicates that the risk level will only be increasing for followers of Christ in America. As the country gets older we will be putting more on the line in our allegiance to Christ. There may be the chance of us losing our livelihoods or reputations in the community because of what we stand for and who we stand with. Nevertheless Jesus tells us that the risk is worth the reward.
When Jesus came in the flesh on earth he risked everything. He left heaven in order to come to earth where it was certain that he would be mocked, persecuted and killed by those he came to save. It is as if a royal king who had everything left his castle so that he could work on the farms of his peasants and get mistreated by them. We may ask ‘why did he do this?’ He did this for the reward. Every risk is taken for the hope of a reward. We may risk driving to work in a car with the reward that we can get to work in relative comfort and speed. The reward in many senses matches the risk. Getting to work quickly is nice, but its not the best reward. Jesus risked it all. He gave up everything so that he would save those he came to die for. He risked his life for our lives. Knowing this changes everything. We can stand on Jesus’ side risking it all for him because the reward of eternal life spent with him is sure and it is for those who stand with him.
Scripture: 1 Samuel 20:1-42
Sermon: Risking it All to Side with Jesus