By Christopher Simon
Faith Should Be Risky
Faith should not be merely an adornment to a safe and comfortable life, but rather something that risks dramatically changing our life, that actually risks changing us to the core of our being. Most of us resist the urgings of God because we fear that we will have to utterly change our lives. Perhaps God will ask us to sell our possessions and give everything to the poor. Or perhaps God will ask us to give up our current lucrative jobs and go spread the gospel.
In the realm of faith, impossible goals which risk everything are often called for. Abraham is considered our father in faith, not just because he believed in God, but because he was willing to pack up and leave his homeland on the basis of sheer faith. When God told Abraham that he and Sarah would have a son in their old age, Abraham believed. And when God asked him to sacrifice his son, Abraham never hesitated, taking his son to the top of a mountain in the land of Moriah, binding him to the wood for a burnt offering, and taking in his hand the knife with which he would slay his only son, before being stopped by God. (Genesis 22) So gird up your loins; faith is not for the faint of heart.