I have noticed that new believers in Jesus often will take greater risks, and are more willing to try something new, than seasoned believers.
I think we can get too familiar with Jesus and Christian culture that the longer we walk with Jesus, the more likely we are to lose sight that we are following a wild and untamed Messiah. Jesus has called all of us into a life of adventure: one that requires Him to show up in our life, or we are going to sink.
When Peter asked Jesus to walk on water (Matthew 14:29), His immediate response was “Come!” And it says that Peter got out of the boat, walked on the water, and came toward Jesus.
Peter didn’t know the water would support his weight; all He knew is that if Jesus is doing it, he wanted to do it too. This a key to living a life of faith and taking risk in God: If Jesus is doing it, we want to do it too.
I remember this one time I was on a bike ride with my son Jeremiah, who at the time was 5 years old. I was charging down this hill by our house and forgot he was behind me. When I turned around, to my surprise, he was doing the same thing. Not going to lie: I was a bit freaked out. He ended up being ok – a little bit of speed wobbles toward the end – but he didn’t’t wipe out.
There is something in our God given spiritual dna (daddy’s natural attributes) that just wants to do what our Father is doing. This is how Jesus lived His life on earth, and He imparted that same lifestyle to His disciples (John 5:19).
I must say, a life of faith doesn’t need to look like selling all your stuff and moving to Africa. I do, however, think it looks like getting involved in what God is doing around you. Learning to partner with the Holy Spirit throughout the day is the key to living a vibrant life in Christ (1 Corinthians 3:9). This may look as simple as how we interact with the cashier at Starbucks, to being sensitive enough to stop and love the homeless person that God puts in our path.
Awareness of God allows for us to take greater risk for Him. It allows us to maintain the “new believer zeal” as we see God working in ways that only God can work. May today be a day of saying yes to Him and stepping out onto the water, regardless of how scary that might be.
Remember, as we step onto the water, whatever that may look like to you: that when the goal is love we can never fail (1 Corinthians 13:8).