We risk when we value what we can gain and determine that we can ultimately afford the potential cost–whether it is a lot of money, a relationship, an experience of pain, our pride, or whatever else we put on the line. But what if the cost was a 100% chance of betrayal by closest friends, humiliation in front of a vengeful crowd, brutal assault, and death? And what if the gains all went to someone who on their way home from Costco wouldn’t give you a dollar if you were holding a sign that you were hungry, because who knows what you do with that dollar? (for the record, this is my response more often than not). Can it even be called a risk at this point? It sounds more like a really bad choice. But this, of course, is what Christ put on the line for you. Because he loves you. And he’s taken the risk out of following him. The Apostle Paul Writes:
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.Romans 8:38-39
Try, Fail, Try again, Fail harder — His love for you is secure.
Go in peace.