It’s been said, “There are a great many more trap doors to failure than there are short cuts to success. In other words “success” involves risk. This principle is true in business, relationships, and in many other areas of life. However, this principle is true in serving Jesus as well. If you are a Christian, you have been called to lay down your life to follow Christ. We aren’t called to just simply believe and then carry on about life our own merry way. We are told that we must daily die to our desires and do what Jesus tells us to do. When you stop to think about it, from a worldly perspective, that is risky. You see Jesus tells us that we must not hide our light, but live openly as Christians. The risk is that open light could lead to open ridicule and hardships. Jesus also tells us that we are to live honestly in public and in private. The risk is that it is easier and in some circumstances more profitable to be dishonest. Thus, to be honest would mean we would face uncomfortable confrontations and we may not presumably gain as much. Jesus tells us that we are to go and make disciples, hence share the loving truth of Jesus to others. The risk is that we might lose friendships or be labeled a freak. With all honesty, yes these risks may occur, but dear friend, isn’t Jesus worth it? After all Jesus told us it would be this way, but He did so with an awesome promise: “God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers. Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven.” – Matthew 5:11-12a NLT. Yes following Jesus is risky, but the payoff is certain and far greater!