It has been almost three years since God asked me to quit my job so that I could be “All In” with him to build LeadHer, the ministry that he had called me to. At the time it felt like a dangerous request. I felt like I was putting our already shaky finances in danger. I worried that I was putting my marriage in danger. I was certain that I was putting my reputation in danger. However, despite the dangers, I could not deny the call.
The very first book that I read after submitting my two-week notice at work was Mark Batterson’s The Wild Goose Chase. There is a line in the first chapter of that book that I felt confirmed my choice to defy the dangers. He wrote, “Christ did not die to make us comfortable he died to make us dangerous.” It has been three years of walking this path with him and I can tell you the degree of danger in following Christ has not decreased… but rather increased. We have experienced an intense amount of spiritual warfare. I have lost relationships that were dear to me. I have experienced injustice. I have felt the sting of judgement and rejection. It has not always been an easy path; however the eternal rewards outweigh the earthly struggles. I have learned firsthand that it requires determination to live dangerously.
Recently, I was talking to someone about the concept of living dangerously — they were struggling to understand just what this means for us as believers. I shared with them that I had done some research on what the meaning of the word “dangerous” is. I discovered that it is from the French, dangereux which implies “hard to please” or “reluctant to give.” I explained how these two phrases had changed my perception of being what I have come to call being divinely dangerous.
Hard to please. As believers we should be hard to please or have trouble finding contentment. Our contentment does not come from this world but rather from eternal longings. Therefore, a divinely dangerous life is one that refuses to compromise or settle for the comforts of this life but rather continues to strain for the rewards of the next.
Reluctant to give. My favorite Bible verse is Nehemiah 6:9. I love the way that it reads in the Message Translation, “They were trying to intimidate us into quitting. They thought, “They’ll give up; they’ll never finish it.” I prayed, “Give me strength.” I love the dangerous determination of Nehemiah. I love the fact that he fully understood that prayer is what infused him with the strength to not give up but to go on to complete the work that God had called him to. Divinely dangerous faith does not give up, back down, or turn away from a calling just because there is opposition to it.
If you are a leader in the church today- in any way influencing and impacting the faith of other believers. It could be as a Pastor, a Missionary, a Bible Study Teacher, a Small Group Leader, a Youth Leader, or a Mentor–if you are a spiritual leader than you have a holy responsibility to be divinely dangerous. This world is in desperate need of divinely dangerous leaders who are willing to forsake comfort, approval, status, or wealth to advance the cause of Christ. We, as leaders, cannot challenge others to have this rare breed of bold faith until we ourselves begin to cultivate it in our own hearts and live it out in our own lives. Leaders must commit to setting a personal standard of being impossible to please by the ways of this world and reluctant to give up on the hurts of this world. A leader who is willing to be dangerously bold will produce a ripple effect that divinely inspires others to live dangerously too.