“Running Risks” by Kirk Hunt
But Barnabas took him [Paul], and brought him to the apostles, and declared unto them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus.
Acts 9:27 KJV
Please read Acts 15: 37-39 also.
Barnabas, the risk taker took a huge risk on Paul. He wagered his good name, and literal life, that Saul the Inquisitor had become the Paul the Evangelist. He took a similar risk that John the Flake had become Mark the Gospel-writer.
They were risks because history spoke against both men. Apostle Paul himself regretted killing and persecuting saints his entire life. Mark had abandoned Paul at Pamphylia. “The facts are the facts.”
Someone needs you to be a risk-taker. They need you to wager your good name and high standing. Not on a paragon of virtue but on a soul with fresh failures and recent faults.
Barnabas put everything on the line to help someone else achieve their purpose in the Kingdom. In the short run it cost Barnabas something. In the long run, Barnabas is a hero among saints. The two men he saved wrote 14 books in Scripture.
Someone around you needs you to take a risk. In the short run, it may cost you. In the long run, you’ll bless the Kingdom.
Think: God’s Kingdom needs saints who are willing to run the risks.
Pray: “Lord, help me to serve Your Kingdom. Even if it is risky.”
Copyright © September 2009, Kirk Hunt