Life is a very uncertain business. James 4:13-17 reminds us that no person can guarantee whether tomorrow will actually happen or not. No person can with 100% certainty say that their plans will work out, “You do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes” (James 4:14). Yet, as uncertain as tomorrow might be, Jesus calls every Christian to sacrificially risk their lives for Him in living and sharing the Gospel (Mark 8:34; Matt. 28:18-20). Living the Christian life is not a risk free life, but it is the only life worth living. Yet, how will we able to walk the path of risk Jesus is calling us to?
Keeping the above in mind, John Piper’s little book “Risk is Right: Better to lose your life than to waste it” is a timely answer to this. It is a fantastic short read (just 51 pages) that deals with the age old question, “should I risk for God or play it safe, consolidate and retreat?” Throughout the book, Piper seeks to answer the question by looking at biblical examples of people in the Old- and New Testament who have risked it for God or who have not risked it for God and what impact their decisions made in the end.
Although Piper’s book is a short and easy read, its content has tremendous implications for our daily lives. In the book Piper seeks to remind us that although life might seem risky and uncertain from our side (we don’t know what tomorrow will bring), God knows everything, is in control of everything, and never risks anything (since He has determined the future outcome of everything). It is a call to every Christian to place their trust in who God is and His Word and to live a life of risk. Yet, not all risk is good or God-glorifying. The book also explores various right and wrong reasons for living a life of risk.
And here is the best part… “Risk is Right” is FREE as a downloadable PDF (which you can read on your computer, Tablet or Cellphone)! This is an incredible little book that is worth reading!
For the Free PDF download click on this link: Risk is Right
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