– Jack Hyles
No Reward Without Risk
Great rewards take great risks. Stepping out on faith like Peter did walking on the water is a bit scary, but if we keep our eyes on Jesus, we should be able to step out on faith regardless of what things look like. Imagine if the missionaries that travel around the world never took a risk of faith. How many opportunities would have been missed for the kingdom? It is incalculable. Many have risked and ended up losing their lives for their faith. They stepped into places, as the saying goes, where angels fear to tread. But they knew that faith is a willingness to risk anything on God and everything for God and for His glory.
No Reward Without Sowing
There is a law that every farmer must obey, and so must we. “The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully” (2 Corinthians 9:6). I read of a man who was so generous that he kept increasing his offerings over time. Originally he gave about 10 percent of his gross income. He started to prosper and then increased it by giving away 20, 30, and eventually (last I heard) 90 percent of his gross income for Christian ministries. The first time, he admitted that he was afraid and was taking a financial risk by giving more than he could afford. But God blessed this man, and this man in turn has blessed many Christian missionaries and ministries because he was willing to take a risk for God.
No Reward Without Willingness
Does God care about your wallet or about your heart? Obviously God cares more about your heart, and your willingness to give is more important than the monetary value of your gift. That’s what Paul meant when he wrote, “Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7). During the times of ancient Israel, “the people rejoiced at the willing response of their leaders, for they had given freely and wholeheartedly to the LORD. David the king also rejoiced greatly” (1 Chronicles 29:9). It is certainly true that “a generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed” (Prov 11:25).
No Reward Without Sacrifice
King David was going to sacrifice an offering to God, and a man offered to give of his own possessions so that David could make the offering, but David would have none of it. “King David said to Ornan, ‘No, but I will buy them for the full price. I will not take for the LORD what is yours, nor offer burnt offerings that cost me nothing’” (1 Chronicles 21:24). Giving out of our substance helps the ministry, but giving sacrificially helps the giver because the giver is blessed more than those who receive it, just as Paul wrote, “I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive’” (Acts 20:35).
Mr. Hyles is so right in saying that faith is the willingness to risk anything on God. We know there is no reward without risk, there is no reaping without sowing, there is no reward without willingness, and there is no reward without sacrifice. May God abundantly and richly bless those of you who are willing to take a risk for God’s glory.