A few weeks ago I was at a meeting with some incredible leaders. I got to eavesdrop — typical Tommy mode — on a conversation between men and women, kings and priests in the Kingdom of God, missional leaders from all over the planet doing some pretty incredible works of justice in some pretty incredible places. They are leading communities of faith in some very everyday places. I heard them giving assessments on some of the aspects of our common "church" culture. A few statements struck me pretty hard. They essentially said they saw people living in the church culture / kingdom realm with no practice, application, appreciation for or value for RISK as an aspect of their own personal lifestyle in discipleship. I hadn't thought of the value of RISK in my own Christian journey in a deep way until then. I have found that what I’ve been most celebrated for and the most transcendent things I have experienced have always been on the other side of RISK. Ministry, breakthrough, evangelism, romance, friendship, whatever — it's always been in a moment of inspired RiSK.
Our favorite things to champion and celebrate in the kingdom are representative of RISK in some way. In my journey the volume on personal risk gets shaken relatively often. I get to certain points of frustration, fatigue or exhaustion and want to stop. I want to pass the baton to someone else. I want to protect the reputation I think I need or I just get lazy and worn out. Regardless of the circumstances, I am in a constant tension of knowing that RISK is often the door I must walk through and also feeling the crippling moments that shut down the expectation, the hope and the life in this thing. If you have developed a habit of staying clear from RISK or protecting your reputation as a boring NON-RISK-TAKER Christian, I want to encourage you. It's been the grace of God and the testimonies of friends that have kept the fire of pursuit lit in my life. The word of God says the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy, so as leaders and disciples please keep a lookout for times to take chances and be RISK takers for the Lord. Celebrate RISK. Acknowledge the testimonies of RISK before the Lord and allow Him to enlarge the place in you that RISKS.
RISK can take many different shapes and colors. Whether it is an extended season of personal sacrifice or it's the practice of daily danger for the benefit of a world losing heart. I like and value all of you in the season of extended crazy-sell-it-all, rescue-the-victims, minister-to-the-warlords, storm-the-castle-walls, victorious-missional-style-life RISK. I also value tremendously the everyday, get-out-of-the-car and pray-for-a-stranger, give-someone-a-free-meal, pray-and-ask-God-for-a-miracle-in-the-food-court, invite-a-hostile-friend-to-church, show-up-to-work with-joy-in-the- midst-of-a-trying-professional-season, say yes to Jesus even when you-don’t-know-how-it’s-going-to-work-out-
tomorrow RISK that makes up the majority of our church community life.
The word of the Lord to his disciples is that they would witness his insane RISK for Love, and then be his witnesses to the ends of the earth. It's a word we share in as well in this resurrection life. We believe in reckless love and I believe inherent in our yes to his love is a yes to inherent risk. The moment we start turning the volume down on RISK is a day we give up a critical aspect the beauty of the Kingdom life we share. So in essence as you encourage comfort and edify yourself and your community in joy this season remember...Be Brave and Take RISKS. I believe one of our greatest attributes as real kingdom leaders is our ability to communicate the value and essential practice of RISK as a normal lifestyle. Stay Risky My Friends...
Tommy Green lives in Salt Lake City with his wife Krissi and serves the community there in many different ways, two of which are Revolution Reality, a local church community and Parkside Group, a local real estate business. He is also the lead singer of the band Sleeping Giant and an international speaker. Tommy is ordained in The River and serves on the Board of Elders. To contact Tommy through Facebook, click here.