“There is a great biblical legacy of loving risk-takers. Joab, facing the Syrians on one side and the Ammonites on the other, said to his brother Abishai, ‘Let us be courageous for our people…and may the Lord do what seems good to him’ (2 Samuel 10:12). Esther broke the royal law to save her people and said, ‘If I perish, I perish’ (Esther 4:16). Shadrach and his comrades refused to bow down to the king’s idol and said, ‘Our God whom we serve is able to deliver us….But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods’ (Daniel 3:16-18). And when the Holy Spirit told Paul that in every city imprisonment and afflictions await him, he said, ‘I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course’ (Acts 20:24).

“‘Every Christian,’ said Stephen Neil about the early church, ‘knew that sooner or later he might have to testify to his faith at the cost of his life’ (A History of Christian Missions, Penguin, 1964, 43).”

—From “A Call to Christian Risk” in Taste and See by John Piper

Are we ready to take risks? Are we ready to ask if we can pray for our coworkers when they tell us about personal problems? Are we ready to go to a dangerous mission field? Are we ready to knock on our neighbor’s door and introduce ourselves? Are we ready to trust God with our future and adopt? Are we just as ready as those biblical and early believers to lose our life for Christ’s sake?

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