20 Jun Risk Management
Posted at 09:56h in Left Lane
America teaches an aversion to risk. Look at popular secular teachings on money management and there is little room for the extension of faith. Our culture seems to teach creating an enclave of security and comfort for you and your family is the ultimate measure of success. Taking risks is viewed as foolish and unnecessary.
When the tornadoes struck Moore Oklahoma, the need of the situation became an opportunity for the church to respond. But every small step of faith involves risk.
And people have responded in droves through Guts Church, by giving money, needed items and taking time off work for day trips to clear debris from destroyed homes. This response reflected what James wrote faith should look like.
What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? (James 2:14, 16 NKJV)
Many people have participated and modeled this scripture through the tragedy. Yet many others watch from the sidelines.
Life is not about you doing something great for God, it’s about allowing Him to do something great through you. When we see need and yield ourselves as willing vessels, offering what we have, we become useful in the Kingdom.
Needs, large and small present themselves to us daily. Behind every need is a hurting person. Every time we step out in faith to meet the need of others, there is risk. You don’t manage risk, you take a risk, you accept risk for the benefit of others and the advancement of the Kingdom.