I love adventure and risk. Have you ever thought about what you never would
have accomplished if you hadnt been willing to risk a little? You never
would have learned to walk or ride a bike. You never would have said I do!
My son Bryan loves to scuba dive. A few months ago I decided to get
certified in scuba diving, so I could join him in an underwater adventure. The
certification process was an adventure in itself, but after Id accomplished
that, I called my son and said Lets go!
I have the perfect dive for us, Bryan replied, A shark dive!
Bob and Bryan Reccord diving off St. Thomas at about 80
Not long after that, I found myself descending into the clear ocean waters
with Bryan and several fellow divers. Our guide began exposing the raw meat
that attracted dozens of sharks. Before long, we were surrounded by them. One
collided with my face mask. Another brushed against Bryans hand. At any time,
one of them could have chomped at a piece of flesh.
Id be less than honest if I didnt tell you I was nervous. But think about
what I would have missed if Id stayed on shore. My son and I forged a memory
Ill cherish forever. And I came face to face with one of the most amazing
creatures God ever created. It was an adventure Ill never forget, but it
wouldnt have happened had I played it safe.
The Christian life is so much like that. Once we invite
Christ into our lives, we can choose to play it safe, keeping Christ to
ourselves and staying within the comfortable confines of our churches and
Christian friends. But, oh, what an adventure were missing!
When Jesus spoke to the disciples in Acts 1:8 He said, you will be my
witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the
earth. Notice He didnt say you might be or you will be if you want to be, He
said you will be. Jesus commanded us to live the adventure in our Christian
Walking with Him and applying the truth of scripture is part of the
adventure, but unless we are intentionally impacting others with the message of
salvation, were not living the full adventure.
If you have childrenor recall your own childhoodyoull probably know this
experience well. Some kids are ready to dive right in and try new adventures at
the drop of a hat, but others need a little nudging.
As parents, we know its good for our children to move into new areas. They
learn to overcome their fears, and they discover new things about themselves
and others. Its also satisfying to a parent to see that a child is able to take
steps beyond the comfort and safety of home.
Its the same way with God. Hes proud of us as His children, but He doesnt
want us to keep to ourselves everything Hes given us. He wants us to live the
adventure of sharing it with others. Will we stumble sometimes and mess up the
message? Probably. Will we sometimes face a hostile audience? Theres a good
chance. But will we grow closer to God and see our faith increase in the
Risks come with sharing the gospel. We risk rejection. We risk looking
foolish in the worlds eyes. We risk offending friends or family members. But
what we also discover when we take those risks is that God is already working
in the lives of people, and He is going to continue that work whether or not we
When we look beyond the risks and join Him in that work, oh, what an
adventure we will have. Theres a deeper walk with God, a vibrant renewal of our
spirit and a new love and appreciation for mankind when we step into that
Dont miss out. Dont play it safe. Dive right in and swim with the sharks.
Youll never be the same.
Dr. Bob Reccord is president of the North American Mission Board, SBC.
His latest book is Beneath the Surface: Steering Clear of Dangers that
Could Leave You Shipwrecked (Broadman & Holman 2002). He is host of the
Strength for Living Baptist Hour which airs on more than 400 radio
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