Each Monday we are taking a look at the Awaken Code. It’s the why behind what we do…but it’s not just for Awaken Church – it’s for all followers of Jesus.
Code Pt 4
We never want to be able to explain the success of an event, outreach, or worship experience. As God leads, we will act in such fearless faith and take such big risks that the end result is undeniably God.
The Gospel is worth the risk.
Sometimes, following Jesus seems risky and doesn’t make a lot of sense. Jesus proved that in Luke 5 when He told the fishermen to launch out into the deep and put down their nets for a catch. As they followed Jesus’ command, they caught so many fish their nets started to break, then He told them to follow Him.
We never want to be able to explain the success of an event, outreach, or worship experience…or in this case, a fishing trip. There was no explanation for this catch of fish besides that God did something extraordinary! As followers of Jesus, our goal should be to live life and do ministry on a miracle basis.
As God leads, we will act in such fearless faith and take such big risks that the end result is undeniably God. The “fearless faith” and “big risks” part wasn’t launching out or putting down the nets for a catch – they did that all the time. The risk is found in the last line of Luke 5:11 – “they left everything and followed Him.”
It’s easy to follow Jesus when times are rough and you feel the need, but what about when following Jesus may cost you everything?
These were commercial fishermen who made a living from the fish they caught. Imagine the dollar signs in their eyes when they caught so many fish their nets were breaking! And yet, at His word, they left everything and followed Him!
“As God leads” is an important part of the code. We shouldn’t take risks just to take risks. Although we are risk-takers, we are still resource managers and need to be faithful stewards of what God has entrusted us with.
May we never find ourselves out in front of Him or lagging behind Him, but right next to Him, trusting Him each step of the way.
“When a man is his own ruler, he has all the responsibility of what he does — but when he implicitly obeys Christ’s command, he is not responsible for the result of his actions — that rests with Him who gave the command.”
– Charles Spurgeon
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