“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control”– 2 Timothy 1:7 (NIV)
The story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-35) is always a good reminder of stretching our faith and taking a risk for Christ. After being stripped of his clothes and left for dead, a man lay on the roadside. In quick succession a priest and a Levite scholar passed him as he fought for his life. Then alas came a Samaritan who quickly dropped off his donkey and attended to the bruised man. He went ahead to take him to the hospital and pay all his bills.
How often are we in position where we are challenged to take a risk for Christ because of our faith in him? Many times we take a pass – concerned over our safety. Risking our faith for Christ is challenging of course and may involve certain sacrifice. Like one gentleman who drove into an accident scene where a car that had just knocked down a little girl had sped off. The girl was fighting for her life. No one was willing to take care of her for fear of being bogged down. Though the gentleman was behind schedule he stopped, pulled the bruised girl in his car, and took her to the nearby hospital. There she was nursed back to health.
Our faith will always be tested. And it is in such moments, when ordinary people just walk by, that true Christians rise to the occasion and show to the world our faith in him!
Prayer for today: Lord Father in heaven, today I pray that I never lose sight of the fact that my faith will be tested and then I must take a risk for you!