Should Christians be risk-takers? I think so. This quote by Brooks Atkinson explains why risk is so vital: “There is a calculated risk in everything. There has been a calculated risk in every stage of American development. The nation was built by men who took risks – pioneers who were not afraid of the wilderness, businessmen who were not afraid of failure, scientists who were not afraid of the truth, thinkers who were not afraid of progress, dreamers who were not afraid of action.”

Too often, Christians try to play it safe. I am not referring to sin and temptation, but to our approach toward life in general. We get so caught up in our shortcomings, weaknesses, and inabilities that we forget Paul’s confident assertion that “he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6).

I realize that no one enjoys failure, but when we concentrate on our failures and the way people think about us because of them, those experiences from which we could have learned become handicaps to us. Instead of attempting anything for God, we stop at nothing. We need to take God’s promise in Philippians 1:6 seriously if we want to be effective servants for Christ. Let’s allow Him to take care of changing us. In the meantime, let us serve Him without fear. Remember, He can use anyone – even a work in progress like me and you.

Maybe you have a sensitive spirit and are easily offended. Maybe you are feeling insecure after making an embarrassing mistake. Claim the promise of Philippians 1:6, and it will transform your life. God is at work, and this power within you is greater than the force of any person’s opinion about you or any inadequacies which limit your service to Him. Serve with boldness today.

When God wants to do His great works, He trains somebody to be quiet enough and little enough, then He uses that person. – Hudson Taylor

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.