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Maybe It's Time to Take a Risk

When was the last time you took a risk? A legitimate, God-inspired, faith-filled, “all in” type of risk?

We’re not called to take this type of risk every day; instead it comes in waves, in seasons. While nothing great ever happens apart from risk, many leader spend their time avoiding it. Whether it’s fear of failure, fear of what people might think, fear of looking foolish many leaders prefer to stay in the safety of their comfort zone. 

And unfortunately, the love for safety perpetuates a small faith and a small view of God. It’s undeniable that risk taking is one of God’ primary ways of growing leaders. (Think Moses and the Red Sea, Joshua and the Walls of Jericho or Elijah and the Prophets of Baal.)

Each time you take a Spirit-guided step toward the impossible, you’re stretching what you believe about God and about yourself. It’s the stretch that changes you. Once you allow God to challenge you to think bigger, your mind will never be the same. Once you allow the Spirit to urge you to pray bigger, your faith will never be the same. 

Once you lead toward a bigger vision, your team will never be the same. Risk allows you to see the power of God at work, and once you’ve seen His power your faith can face the next big challenge with a God-inspired confidence.

Risk isn’t something that should be avoided but embraced. What risk has God been asking you to take? What’s holding you back?

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Mac Lake is the Development Pastor at Seacoast Church, a multi-site church with 13 campuses, where he oversees leadership development, small groups, missions, communications, and internships. He is a popular church leadership conference speaker and the author of the training resource Growing Small Group Leaders. Learn more from Mac at MacLakeOnline.com.