Is Anything So Beautiful That You Would Risk Real Loss to Commend its Worth?

Last night I had some Mormon missionaries stop by our place who were willing to risk embarrassment to commend what they believe to others. While I’m not a Mormon, I was refreshed to see a couple of young men who were willing to take risks. We had a great initial interaction with one another, and I pray that they would one day experience the sweetness of knowing God.

I also pray that my life would be characterized by a growing willingness to risk loss to articulate the worth of Christ.

“The strength to risk losing face for the sake of Christ is the faith that God’s love will lift up your face in the end and vindicate your cause. The strength to risk losing money for the cause of the Gospel is the faith that we have a treasure in the heavens that cannot fail. The strength to risk losing life in this world is faith in the promise that he who loses his life in this world will save it for the age to come.

This is very different from heroism and self-reliance. When we risk losing face or money or life because we believe God will always help us and use our loss, in the end, to make us more glad in his glory, then it is not we who get the praise because of our courage; it is God who gets the praise because of his care. In this way risk reflects God’s value, not our valor.”

John Piper, Don’t Waste Your Life (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2003), 90.

About pastoralpensees

I have been happily married to my wife since 2000 and have two young sons. In 2012, I graduated from Covenant Theological Seminary with an MDiv,, and I would like to engage in pastoral ministry in a local church.
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