“If following Jesus does not feel dangerous, I should probably pause and check to see if it is Jesus I’m following.” This Gary Haugen statement is packed with fact.
Fact #1 — We naturally like to be safe rather than dangerous. Unless we deliberately choose to be dangerous, we will be safe.
Fact #2 — God-followers have always been called to danger. From Abraham being called to move from the most developed city of his day to a place he had never heard of nor ever been, all the way to Jesus’ disciples dispensing with their safe places to join the world-rattling adventure with Jesus, we are called to danger.
Fact #3 — We cannot muster up the courage to be dangerous rather than safe. This orientation comes only through being so filled with heart and passion of God that we take on His likeness. That’s why, when the early church leaders lost their resolve, they prayed together and the Holy Spirit came upon them. They were infused with courage to continue their dangerous cause. (Acts 4)
Fact #4 — God doesn’t call us to anything He has not subjected Himself to first. Christmas is all about danger. The Creator became created, the all-powerful One became a helpless baby in a feeding trough, the King of Kings became dependent on his mother’s providence. He who had it all became a homeless disadvantaged and hunted human being destined for a cruel cross.
That’s why scripture declares to every God-follower, “Therefore, since Christ has suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same purpose, because he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin,” 1 Peter 4:1.
If following Jesus does not feel dangerous, I should probably pause and check to see if it is Jesus I’m following.