Have you ever been rock climbing? Bungee Jumping? Parasailing? Skydiving? There’s something that each of these activities has in common. Well, beyond the adrenaline rush.
None of these activities would be possible without faith.
In rock climbing, someone else is belaying you (holding the rope) as you scale a flat, high, elevated surface. With bungee jumping, there is merely a piece of elastic that determines whether or not you hit the ground at a pretty convincing speed. And, when parasailing, you depend on the driver of the boat, the sail, and the cord to keep you from flying away…and potentially eaten by sharks. Then, there’s skydiving. Guaranteed you can count on gravity to pull through for you. But, you are also relying on someone you most likely have never met to fold your chute properly.
Doing extreme stuff – off the beaten path, not normal, strange to some – takes a level of faith to move forward with confidence. And, with each of these extreme decisions comes a certain level of risk.
Studying the Word every day could be considered extreme to some people. Making the choice to seek after Christ first is an extreme step many never choose to take. Most people in this world never even give it a try.
To take such a step requires faith; faith that God, who you can’t see or touch, is going to be there on the other side of your prayer to listen and respond.
Hebrews 11:1 defines faith as confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
Take a moment and read Hebrews 11.
This is one of my most favorite chapters in the Bible. This chapter is commonly known as the Biblical Hall of Fame. The people you hopefully just read about are real people who took extreme steps to trust God with it all.
How crazy it must have looked for Joshua and the Israelites to walk around the city of Jericho with no weapons, just trumpets. How insane it must have seemed to Abraham to carry fire, wood, and a knife as he journeyed with his son on a trip to kill him! (There’s a Hollywood movie script for you.)
How crazy does it look to your friends when you go and sit next to someone in the lunchroom who needs a friend? Or, I wonder what others think when you risk your reputation to honor God above what a friend wants, no matter the price?
Making the choice to follow Christ is risky. Others won’t always get it. Some may even choose to walk out on you over it. But, living extreme for Him will be a choice well worth the risk.
What is something you can do today to step out, have faith, and risk it all for Christ?