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REAL DANGER

Sheldon King and Erynn Motak

Jesus sent out his disciples with power to cast out demons and to cure diseases. He told them to take “no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, no extra shirt” (Luke 9:3, NIV). Going from village to village, depending on others for their livelihood, they lived dangerous lives filled with adventure and excitement.

Find out what Jesus says about living dangerously in Luke 6:27–36.

Many Christians today live radical lives. Missionaries travel to dangerous places to preach the gospel and to cure the sick. In several countries Christians are persecuted for their faith. Jesus does not command everybody to live in a jungle or to be a martyr, but he does ask us to live radically for him. Living a radical life is different for each person. A young person may live radically at school, enduring taunts and laughter because of his or her beliefs. A neighbor may care for people who have no one else to care for them. What is Jesus asking you to do?

—Sheldon King, 20

 

PUT YOUR HEART ON THE LINE: When we follow Jesus’s example of loving our neighbors, we become vulnerable. We might be mocked or overlooked. Our love may be rejected. Even then, we are to turn the other cheek. Sure, it’s dangerous. We may end up getting hurt, but God is calling us to spread the love of Christ. The unspoken command is this: Live dangerously!

—Erynn Motak, 18

—from devozine (July/August 2012). Copyright © 2012 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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