Risk Taking & World Changing

26 Jan


A few days ago, a good friend who is planting a church in Chattanooga, TN called me.  I hadn’t heard from him in a while.  It was late Saturday night and he was desperately trying to finish his Sunday sermon and remembered an illustration/story he had heard me use years earlier in a message I gave at a leadership retreat.

He wanted to know if I still had that message and the illustration.

All of my old files from my pastor/ministry days are on one external hard drive (mental note to self: I should really make a back-up of those files!)  The sermon and message files aren’t all in one place.  They are scattered throughout different filing systems as I had separate files for all my different ministry jobs… six different church and parachurch ministries in 12 years.

Suffice it to say it can take a while to find any one particular sermon, talk or message.

So to find what he was looking for, I had to work though some old files and messages.  It is interesting to see the recurrent themes that come up in one’s preaching and speaking.  If I could create a “word cloud” of my preaching over the past 12 years, I think some of the key words that would come up big are JESUS, love, grace, forgiveness, purpose, discipleship, follow, surrender, worship, change the world, risk-taking.

I have preached often on the importance of TAKING RISKS as Christ-followers — because we are called to be WORLD CHANGERS.

Looking over these messages — in addition to a conversation I had with another pastor friend a few days ago — led me to start asking some tough questions of myself.

  • Are Christ-followers allowed to play it safe?
  • Is it okay to not want to change the world?
  • Am I still willing to take BIG RISKS for GOD?
  • What does this all mean for me over the next 25 years?
  • Is cooking a vocation, tent-making or net-tending activity for me?  Which should it be?

I don’t have the answers to these questions yet… but I am wrestling with them.

1 Comment

Posted by on January 26, 2011 in Uncategorized


One response to “Risk Taking & World Changing

  1. Ben Dubow

    January 27, 2011 at 4:03 am

    Good question Sean… A reference to Peter (John 21) after his moral failure and denial of Jesus… Jesus finds him back tending the nets and fishing… Fishing was what Peter knew. It was safe. It was the easy thing to fall back into after his failure…That’s the reference…BD



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