I have a confession to make to all of you….are you ready? I am not at all adventuresome. There. I’ve said it. Whew, it feels so good to get that off my chest! You should know that 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. Some would call my life boring, but it suits me just fine.
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 where no one has gone before (that last line is for all you fellow Star Trek fans)! 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 is able to rest in God in the midst of 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!
In John 12:21 we read about some Greeks who wanted a dangerous faith. They came to Philip and asked, “Sir, we would like to see Jesus.” That request resonates with my spirit. That is indeed what I want. I want to see Jesus, experience Jesus, proclaim Jesus, help others find Jesus, worship Jesus. I want more of Jesus!! Faith is the means by which I am able to draw closer to Him and know Him better. My heart also echoes Paul’s heart-felt plea in Philippians 3:10, “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.” It takes dangerous faith to make that statement.
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. How about you? 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 working to develop a dangerous faith that brings us closer to God, blesses other people and brings God glory! Let these words of scripture resound in your heart, mind and spirit, “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.” (Hebrews 11:6)