The Going in Risk - February 22, 2015 _____________________________________________________________________________
Scripture Reading: 2Kings
7: 3 – 9
I have been presenting a series messages
around the theme: ‘GO TIME.’Orif you prefer: ‘Putting The Git In The Go.’
This message deals with the same theme but around the issue of risk.
THEME: The GOING In Risk
When considering the issue of risk and going
we tend to frame it in a single two-part question: What is the risk in going,
or what is the risk in not going? I want to move far beyond that issue and look
at risk and going in this way: Do not think in
terms of the risk in going, but in terms of the going in risk.
In other words going is built into the
very nature of risk; it is inherent in the attitude or spirit of risk. We do not risk in going nearly as much as we go because
of an attitude or spirit of risk that fills our hearts. A person whose
heart is filled with a spirit of risk never has to be pushed to go; if anything
they have to be managed and governed in their going.
This amazing story is packed with
meaning. I will lift about four key points from it.
First –“Why do we sit
here until we die?”The future does not
belong to those who choose to sit down in present experience and cease being
forward reaching in their thinking, their faith and obedience.The choice to sit down comes with an iron clad guarantee:
You will die right where you sit – right where you last chose to reach for the
these words from verse 6: ‘For the Lord had caused....’ What would these
four men have missed had they remained where they were; had they chose to sit
rather than walk forward? It was not full bellies they would have missed; it
was not all the valuables and provisions and weapons of war they would have
missed. They would have missed (and this is always
the great tragedy) the immediate evidence
and manifestation of the powerful act of God.Please hear my heart when I say- we can afford any and every
possible loss; but what we cannot afford is the loss of
His manifest presence, His manifest glory and power in this present moment –
this present now.
and this is incredibly interesting – Where did
these four men go before witnessing the act of God? And the answer is – right into the enemy’s camp. “The gates of hell shall not prevail...”
– so spoke the Lord Jesus. But how can we hope to know that truth beyond mere
theory, beyond Bible memorisation; how can we expect to know that truth
experientially except as we press the very gates of hell?
Perhaps I could restate that like this: The gates of hell shall not prevailexcept when the church decides to sit down in present
experience, content to manage what is rather than be filled with forward
reaching vision of all that remains to be done. An attitude of
protectionism is absolutely deadly because it is void of true faith regarding
those Kingdom purposes in the heart of God respecting the future.
and perhaps this is the most major point of the entire story – look at the men who made the journey. They were
leprous, broken, wounded in soul and body; they were outcasts, disenfranchised
and sat just outside the gate of the city. There is something about all of that
we need to understand. These men had
nothing to lose. This indicates an attitude. It’s an
attitude that can only be arrived at when we run out of options; when there is
nothing to protect, to control, to guard and hang on to, and most of all we
have no reputation to polish. It is what I and many others refer to
desperation – Divine discontent – Divine frustration. And usually it
is born out of our own brokenness and woudedness; usually it is found first in
those on the fringe just outside the gate.
To those in this house who feel that you
can never make a difference because you are too wounded and broken I would
encourage you to understand and accept that just the opposite is true. Your long
vulnerability has been working a vital work in your heart. The future belongs to the vulnerable because only the vulnerable are
willing to risk leaving present position to journey right into the enemy’s