Date: Thursday, July 31
Scripture: Luke 19:1-10
Verse: He was trying to see who Jesus was, but, being a short man, he couldn’t because of the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed up a sycamore tree so he could see Jesus, who was about to pass that way. (Luke 19:3-4)
Insurance companies are good at risk assessment. Based on the car we drive, our health, or the location of our new home, they determine the risk that they will have to pay a claim for us, and with that information set our rate of insurance. But we’re pretty good at it too. We evaluate cars based on their crash rating. We evaluate potential employers based on their stability. We invest in this stock instead of that one based on the likelihood of their crashing. We get warranties for large appliances, and shop in certain stores because their return policy is more generous than others. We want to reduce the risk as much as possible. Do we do that with our faith as well?
If Zacchaeus did a risk assessment of his desire to seek after Jesus, he simply ignored it. He had to know the villagers wouldn’t approve. He might have guessed Jesus and his disciples might not be receptive. He may have heard his friends whispering to one another about his sudden interest in religion. Not only that, he had no idea what it would mean to be a follower of Jesus. But there he is, up the tree trying simply to get a glimpse of Jesus. He knew something was wrong with his life, and was willing to take a shot on Jesus at any cost. In the end, his life was completely changed because he was willing to risk it all.
Maybe we are too good at risk assessment. Maybe we are missing out on a far better, more meaningful life because we aren’t willing to put it all on the line for Jesus. Today is a great day to take that next step out into the unknown, to seek after Jesus even if it mean going out on a limb, to put yourself in a situation where you don’t know the outcome but are trusting in Jesus alone for what is next. Today is a great day to take a risk on Jesus. Who knows? It might just change your life.
Prayer: Grant me courage, Holy Spirit, to seek Jesus in spite of the risk. Amen.
Action: Do that nagging thing in the back of your mind you feel God calling you to do, but you’ve been afraid. Take the risk.
Respond: Have you ever missed out on something great because of your unwillingness to take a risk?
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