Let me first define â€œplaying it safeâ€? in a general context apart from this particular core value. It means doing what you have always done to maintain what you already have. It means keeping up the status quo. In your finances it means keeping your money in a savings account instead of investing it. At your job it means doing just enough to get the occasional â€œgood jobâ€? and not thinking big for the promotion. In your relationships its keeping the real you bottled up inside instead of sharing it with someone and achieving true intimacy.
Now let me define â€œriskâ€? as possibly losing the opportunity to do, get, or be what you were meant to. You know what I mean. The opportunity is there to get that promotion, that big deal, that great friendship but you have a difficult decision to make. Do you sit back and hope it all just comes together or do you take a chance knowing the joy of the possible results far out weighs the risk of losing altogether.
So you might be asking, â€œWhat does this have to do with the church?â€? How about we let Jesus explain what this has to do with church. Jesus said it this way:
“Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.” Matthew 9:12-13 ESV
This was a response to the religious of that day. You know the ones you would have expected Jesus to hang around with. They couldnâ€™t understand why someone claiming to be who Jesus claimed to be would risk his reputation and his future on these people who were so obviously far from God. To them this was just another reason why he could not be who he claimed to be. God would not have acted in such a way. But he did.
Jesus knew exactly what he came to do and who he came to do it for. He was willing to risk what he already was to become what we needed mostâ€¦a savior. This is the very thing God has called us to do. Sometimes it hurts to say no to those who are already followers of Christ in order to help others into that same relationship. But is it worth the risk not to?