Mother Theresa is said to have been one of the first to touch lepers. She saw them as worth the risk. Mother Theresa also is said to have gone through shipments of shoes donated for the orphans. She would take the worst pair of shoes donated for herself and give the rest to the orphans. In fact, her feet eventually became deformed from this sacrificial act. Yet she saw the orphans as more valuable than her own comfort.
“The sluggard says, “There is a lion in the road! A lion is in the open square!””
I’ve been thinking a lot about the risk required for us to share the Gospel. Sure, we might not risk our very lives every day by reaching out to others who do not know Christ. But I think often the risks scare us away from doing anything at all. For instance, we do not want to get to know someone who is mean because it’s painful being their friend. Or we might not want our children to pick up bad habits from a certain family’s kids so we do not even hang out with them. Yet how will the Gospel ever reach others if we do not step out despite the risk? What if it ruins our friendship? What if we get sick from going to the nursing home? What if I get poison ivy by going to my neighbor’s house? What if my things get stolen by those I invite into my home? What if? What if? What if?
While obviously we should never throw wisdom out the window, we also should not allow fears to stop us from doing what the Lord wants to do through us. Is not that person who does not know the Lord worth the risk? Is not our God omniscient enough to know the risks we take and yet still care for us? Is this life not fleeting anyway? Let us pray today to be bold and courageous when the Lord wants us to be. Let us not live by fear, but by faith (Galatians 2:20).