Written by Jolene DeHeer
I have a confession to make…I am not at all adventuresome. I admit I will never jump out of an airplane (I hate heights), go bungie jumping, or even ride on an amusement park ride. I won’t go up in a hot air balloon or go kayaking (I know I’d get wedged in there and somehow drown). I don’t even like to go on our friend’s gorgeous boat (I have an aversion to puking in front of an audience). I don’t like doing anything that could possibly get me injured, sprained, scared, or in trouble. As I’ve gotten older, I have come to cherish all my body parts and would prefer they stay in working order and not get put out of joint through a fall because I’ve attempted something fool-hardy. I drive the speed limit. I follow the up and down arrows in empty parking lots. I go through the maze of ropes at the airport ticket counter even if no one is in line. I obey the rules and I keep safe.
I really don’t like doing anything dangerous in any area of my life, but one – the area of my faith.
I WANT to have dangerous faith. In the area of my faith I will NOT settle for mediocrity, apathy or complacency! I will not do just enough to get by or choose to believe I have “arrived.” I want to live boldly, passionately, totally sold out for Christ! I want to have a faith that enables me to go boldly into the unknown. I want a faith that doesn’t think about me and my needs first but puts the needs of others ahead of mine. I want a faith that is so totally submitted to God’s will, so trusting in God’s plan, so reliant on God’s power that no matter what comes my way I will be able to give God the glory and praise. I want a faith that shines through me so powerfully that those who don’t know Jesus are drawn like moths to a flame. I want a faith that believes the impossible, that is content with any circumstance, that rests in God’s providential care amid uncertainty and difficult circumstances. I want a faith that is not afraid to stand up to injustice and fight for righteousness to be restored. I want a faith that brings me to my knees in humility and gratitude when I consider what my Lord has done for me. I want a faith that focuses on God’s faithfulness in the past, celebrates His grace in the present, and trusts Him with the future. I want a dangerous faith!
What about you? Are you ready to surrender your life to God and live boldly for Him?
Do you have the courage to live with “dangerous faith?” Does your heart echo the plea of the Greeks in John 12:21 who came to Philip and asked, “Sir, we would like to see Jesus.”? Does your spirit resonate with Paul when he cries out, “I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,” in Philippians 3:10. Do you want to see Jesus? Do you want to know Him…not just cognitively and academically, but intimately, at the very core of your being? Let’s pray that the Spirit will give us an ever-deepening hunger to know Jesus and ever-increasing courage to have a “dangerous faith” that helps others find and worship Jesus.
With that kind of faith, we can make a difference in the world.
The evil one doesn’t have a chance against Christians who have a dangerous faith like that. You probably are far more adventuresome than I am, but are you ready for dangerous faith? I invite you to join me in taking up the shield of faith and in working to develop a dangerous faith that brings us closer to God, blesses other people and brings God glory! Remember these words from Hebrews 11:6, “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”