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The truly free man lives a life of risk. He leaves his home armed only with truth and with no guarantees. Every day he is presented with newness and starts each sunrise at zero; no script or earthly armor and no dictates of tradition; he is a pilgrim and a stranger and draws others into his circle. His security and peace are in his faith. The truly free man is continually faced with “risk” because it is an expression of his freedom in Christ.

Risk is the natural result of having been freed from the dictates and demands of this world and being a citizen of Heaven. We are to expect confrontation and challenges and must be prepared for this risk, unafraid, as proof of our freedom.

We receive a lesson about “risk” from the Hebrews in their wilderness travels. They were given their daily food and were not to desire anything else, e.g. quail. They were not to keep any of the day’s provision for the next day; it spoiled. They received no more or no less than needed. Jesus confirmed this teaching in His Sermon on the Mount, we are not to be concerned about food or clothing. “Sufficient to the day is the evil thereof.” This is both the definition of “risk” and of “freedom.” Abraham understood risk in his offering of Isaac, and the widow of Zarephath who gave all of her last remaining food to the prophet had the freedom to give everything. Likewise, the disciples left their homes and family to follow Jesus. What matters in our understanding of true freedom is our risk to trust God and God alone. This practice of freedom is our proof of love toward our Father. Just as the others were given a choice we too must choose; “Who do you love?”

Will you wager a risk on God’s faithfulness? Will He be unfaithful to His promises? Am I such a person that I doubt God can keep His promise toward me? Will He grant His promise in such a way that I might be deceived? What are freedom and risk if not precisely going all-in on the faithfulness of God’s promise?

The rejection of risk is the rejection of freedom. The rejection of risk is our rejection of love toward God.

When we accept the risk then others are compelled to trust Him also because they see that we are truly free and that we hazard our lives on His faithfulness. And, in this accepting of risk God is glorified.

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It’s painful to realize how far short I am of this requirement for discipleship. The human heart is deceitful (the meaning of Jacob’s name). In Genesis 28:20-22, we read of the deal that we all want to make with God:  Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me and will keep me on this journey that I take, and will give me food to eat and garments to wear, and I return to my father’s house in safety, then the Lord will be my God. This stone, which I have set up as a pillar, will be God’s house, and of all that You give me I will surely give a tenth to You.” Oh how Jacob needed a new heart, symbolized by the new name he received before re-entering the Land…

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