For those who want to save their life will lose it,
and those who lose their life for my sake will save it
Looking at the ministry of Jesus it is impossible to describe it as safe and comfortable. His life and ministry were marked by difficulty, danger, opposition, and risk.
As followers of Jesus we are called to be people of risk, and our churches are meant to be kitted out for action rather than for comfort. Churches are not meant to be like our favourite armchair where we fall quietly to sleep, but more like a springboard which launches us into a world in desperate need of the good news of the gospel.
The world today is full of so many problems. The gap between rich and poor is increasing, reliance of food banks is growing year by year, our prisons are full and our hospitals stretched to breaking point. Many people in our world live in fear and under the shadow of oppression, violence, war and poverty.
As Christians, we cannot behave as if these things do not exist, or as if they are nothing to do with us. Our faith in Christ is supposed to move us closer to suffering, rather than away from it. It is not enough for us to hope that somebody ese will do something about it, or to lift people and situations to God in prayer without being prepared to be part of the solution and the answer to those prayers.
As Schnase puts it:
“Churches that practise Risk-taking Mission and Service hear, in the human need of their neighbours, the distinct call of God.”
He then invites us to reflect on the question “What are we asking God to do for us and others that he God has created us to do for God?”
Today he offers us this prayer:
God, whether I lead or follow, help me to invite others to serve you