1 Samuel 14:6-15 [ESV] 6Jonathan said to the young man who carried his armor, “Come, let us go over to the garrison of these uncircumcised. It may be that the LORD will work for us, for nothing can hinder the LORD from saving by many or by few.”
Risk and Reward
Entering into the second year of my church planting journey it has been a year laced with Risk and Reward. No one will argue that it takes faith to plant a church. What is faith? It is a strong unshakable belief, confidence and trust in something or someone that is not based on proof or evidence. Faith requires us to take risks. Audacious faith requires audacious action. Through faith we take risks in this life trusting in the Goodness and Greatness of our God. The rewards that we experience by having such faith and through taking such risks build even deeper faith and confidence in God. Church planting is truly a Risk and Reward journey navigated and empowered by the grace of God. For me the risks were truly God-sized and the rewards have been equally unmistakably, undeniably God sized! As a leader I am constantly challenged to be Spirit led. As believers we are constantly being challenged to be Spirit led. Our future success isn’t based upon the number of people we have attending COAH or the amount of money we have in the bank. Our future success is based upon our faith, trust, and confidence that it is all about Jesus it has always been about Jesus and it will always be about Jesus. This simple truth is what called me to take the greatest risk I have ever taken in my life. It is also the same truth that has allowed me to experience the most rewarding year of my life to date. Why do I say to date? Because we are just getting started, we are only one year into this journey and lately God has been dealing with my heart in some pretty incredible ways. He has been making some God sized asks of me and through prayer and counsel with God and key people I am prepared to continue to take God sized risks to see God sized rewards in my life, at City on a Hill Church, and in our city. I love the principle from the story in 1 Samuel 14. Jonathan, Saul’s son, and his armor bearer have slipped away from King Saul’s camp where the Israelites are hiding in caves from the Philistines. The Israelites are outnumbered and fearful. Jonathan, prompted by faith, and his armor bearer go to scope out the enemy. Here is what he says.
Jonathan sees they are outnumbered, he sees the strength of their forces and still is willing to take a risk with God. His principle was simple, God’s success isn’t based upon man’s wisdom. If we want to see God sized rewards it is going to require God sized risk so that there is no mistaking that it was God who did the work. I felt the same way planting City on a Hill Church. It was truly a God sized risk and it has truly been a God sized reward that no one can take credit for but God and no one can get glory for but God. The Lord has worked for us and nothing hindered Him from saving us and making us a city within a city reaching out city with the life changing message of Jesus Christ one life at a time. We did nothing according to the “experts” we did everything according to the Bible and faith. I would never risk it all on what a church planting manual says! I would and still will risk it all on what God’s Word and the Holy Spirit says. Some trust in chariots and some trust in horses but at COAH we trust in the name of the Lord our God. In this second year I feel like Jonathan standing on the side of a cliff with an incredible group of armor bearers saying, “It may be that the Lord will work for us, for nothing can hinder the Lord from saving by many or by few.” There are 300,000 people in this city that need Jesus. The odds are overwhelming. The risk is great but the rewards far outweigh the risk. What price can you put on the human soul? Is there a greater risk and reward we can take? Eternity hangs in the balance. What about our life’s purpose? Isn’t it worth the risk to live the adventure God has designed specifically for you than to arrive at death safely filled with regrets? The reward for living out your God given destiny far outweighs the risk of stepping up and stepping out in faith. After all it may be that the Lord will work for you, for nothing can hinder the Lord from saving by many or by few? Be encouraged!