by The Mad Preacher
During the fourth watch of the night Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.
But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
“Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” (Matthew 14:25-31 NIV)
“Faith is spelled RISK.” — Graham Cook
I believe that the number one failing that local churches have is their unwillingness to take a risk, to venture out into uncharted territory. I know of pastors who were booted out by a church because he wanted change. These types of go-nowhere churches want to just maintain the status quo. They’ve been around for a hundred years or more and the only change they want to see is a new coat of paint on the building or maybe, dare I say it, pew cushions.
Many calling themselves “Christian” are like these types of churches. They don’t want to be challenged from the pulpit. “Pastor, just tell me how to be healthy, wealthy and wise. Don’t make me feel uncomfortable!”
Of the increase [expansion] of his [Jesus] government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal [burning passion] of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this. (Isaiah 9:7 NIV)
If the first Christian church, which was just beginning in Jerusalem, had the same attitude as many of these 21st century go-nowhere churches they would have never left the upper room.
You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” — Jesus
In Matthew 25 Jesus said this about the Kingdom of God, 14 “Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. 15 To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability. (Each bag was worth about 20 years wages of a average laborer) Then he went on his journey. 16 The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. 17 So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. 18 But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.
19 “After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. 20 The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’
21 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
22 “The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’
23 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
24 “Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’
26 “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? 27 Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.
28 “‘So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. 29 For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. 30 And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ (Matthew 25:14-30 NIV)
“Faith is spelled RISK.”
I don’t wanna be, I don’t wanna be a casual Christian
I don’t wanna live, I don’t wanna live a lukewarm life
But I wanna light up the night
With an everlasting light
I don’t wanna live the casual Christian life*
* Casual Christian by DeGarmo & Key from their album entitled, Commander Sozo 1990 Label: EMI Christian Music Group