High levels of Risk
The safest place in the world is at the centre of God’s will. Really. Ask Daniel in the Lion’s Den or Shadrach Meschach and Abednego in the fiery furnace Stories filled with risk. Best stories are high levels of risk. People chose to trust God despite risk. So is Jesus safe? Was Jesus’ first arrival on earth safe? Of course not. It cost Bethlehem mothers their babies by the order of the insecure King Herod. It cost Mary her own plans for her family and her life. It cost Joseph the stigma of being the husband to an unfaithful wife. It cost the wise men a long journey and expensive gifts. It cost the shepherds their jobs, eventually anyway, because the baby born in Bethlehem would end the sacrifice of the shepherds’ flocks.God’s plans are not always safe, or pleasant, or pain-free. They will sometimes lead us into dangerous places. But in those place there is always hope. Invite someone to take a closer look at Christ and his church.