This is copied from an advent devotional written by my pastor hubby Brad. The Christmas Risk is a challenge to take one risk daily during the advent season – the risk should be something you do in light of the knowledge that Jesus was here and He is coming back. What will your Christmas Risk be today? I’ll be posting the devotional that I wrote on Saturday…
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us
This is the start of the Advent Season. Advent is a word simply meaning “arrival” or “coming.” As a follower of Jesus today, all of life is a celebration of Advent – it’s not just the four weeks leading up to Christmas. All of life is a celebration of Advent because we are living in between the First and Final Coming of Jesus Christ. The question is, “How do we live each day in between those two Advents?” That is what The Christmas Risk series is all about.
Since Jesus has come to restore our relationship with the God who created you and me and everything, and since Jesus is coming again to renew all things to their intended purpose, then that reality should compel us to action! The actions we take on the basis of our faith in Jesus are risks. Risk by definition is, “the chance of injury, damage, or loss.” James 2:17 says, “Faith without works is dead.” When Jesus called people to follow Him, He made the cost of following Him clear, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me” (Luke 9:23). Every day we must risk the chance of loss to our agenda for the sake of God’s agenda-that is following Jesus.
I’m immensely inspired by the heroes of faith found in Hebrews chapter 11. Here were several people who took extraordinary risks because they trusted in the God who revealed Himself to them. As a result, they are commended by God for these risks, and they serve as inspiration for all who strive to obey God. The crazy part: they did this without ever seeing or hearing Jesus (Hebrews 11:39)!
So how much more then should we, who have seen and heard this Jesus we celebrate at Christmas, take daily risks of obedience. Risks of setting aside our agenda for His: To glorify God. Every day is an opportunity to do this.
How awesome would it be if Crossroads was known as a “great cloud of witnesses” for inspiring others to take risks of obedience to God just as these heroes of the faith are! What if we were known as a group of people who took one risk everyday to act on what is true about God!
This is the Christmas Risk. One risk everyday to glorify God.
My Christmas Risk is to persevere in obeying God in everyday moments by doing what I know to be true but may not necessarily be easy.