This week I finished reading J.R. Briggs’ book When God Says Jump.
Risky Business. The main argument in the book is that we should be willing to risk our comfort while pursuing God. This leads to behavior that could be described as risky. Biblical examples are given to illustrate types of risk:
- Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego stood for truth in the face of consequences.
- Mary (sister of Lazarus) gave up her most valued earthly possession to honor Jesus.
- Joseph was willing to allow his reputation to be tainted in order to follow God.
- Philip did not limit his ministry to comfortable areas.
- Jeremiah fulfilled God’s call though it meant a life of failure and rejection.
- The Rich Young Ruler who asked Jesus what he needed to do to be saved could not let go of material possessions and comfort.
- Nathan had the courage to confront sin.
- Abraham believed the Lord would provide.
Here are a few paraphrases of thoughts taken from the book and things they prompted me to think about:
God views success from a wider perspective than I do. I am quickly drawn to definitions of success that involve numbers, comfort, achievement, money, and prestige. Looking at the ministries of Jeremiah and Haggai it is evident that this measurement is not effective. Jeremiah did an excellent job delivering the word God placed on his heart. As a result he was despised and lived a life of misery. Haggai also delivered the word God placed on his heart, and he was honored and respected. Two prophets, two different outcomes, both successful.
During Jesus’ earthly ministry He modeled evangelism. The methods He used involved hearing the story and background of a person, then speaking truth to them. He did not operate as a timeshare salesman, concerned only about what He wanted to sell.
Confrontation, when done in a healthy manner, can be very beneficial. Not only is it helpful to confront sin, it is also my responsibility. It is important to consider my motives for confrontation. The goals must be to restore others to Christ and to edify them.
Conclusion: This book is a good resource for Believers who feel bored or dissatisfied with their lies or are just too comfortable. It inspires thought about what risk is, and where risk should be found.