• Vanessa Clark

Risky Business

Updated: Jun 9, 2019

So, you know your calling, great! You’ve had that moment of awareness that shatters your present reality and solidifies your future all at the same time. Fantastic! You’ve written a business plan, printed your logo on everything but toilet paper and there’s a briefcase with your initials engraved on the shiny buckle. Wonderful! Now What? What do you do with the last thing God told you? Somehow. we are always prepared for the start of something but aren’t willing to endure the pockets of waiting in between. Let’s be honest, God’s assignments for our lives always come with risks, but He promises that the reward will outweigh the risks if we stay the course. Psalm 27:4 Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.

There’s nothing like knowing your purpose. It changes everything. The way you perceive life, the way you hope for things to come to pass, the boost of faith you get when you write down the vision. Here’s what takes the winds out of our sails; waiting. What we do between choosing a business logo to making our first million dollars is just as important as our “yes” to God. When King David was anointed to be king there was a 20-year span before he ruled over every land God had ordained. 20 years! Can you hold on for that long, or are you in the business of being about business rather than your Father’s business?

What if we sat Kobe Bryant at a desk and told him to take phone calls all day? What if we told T.D Jakes to run a restaurant? In the parable of the master who leaves his servants in charge, (Luke 19:12-26) he gives them coins to continue his kingdom’s business. Each servant is given the amounts they can be accountable to. The dream, job title, or position isn’t what’s important, bringing out greatness, doing God’s best is what’s

important. Could Kobe Bryant and T.D Jakes run other businesses? Sure, but would that have been their full potential or when the master returned they would have been found lacking? One servant hid his master's wealth not wanting to risk it being stolen and he was punished for it. Sounds like he was just being prudent and cautious but God never asks us to hide our purpose or to live a quiet life. When we bury His plan for us we are buried alive holding the shovel. Luke 19:26 ...and to those who use well what they are given, even more will be given. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away.

After knowing that you are to be the greatest in your calling there should be an

overwhelming feeling of humility. Answering a great call requires great responsibility. Stewardship over what God has given you is a must. When we house sit, when we take out a loan, when we care for someone else’s child, we assume absolute responsibility. Every nuance and detail that make up the greatness within you is to be stewarded, guarded with the diligence of a military base. Your time, your gifts, and even the way you keep your house is a testament to how you honor what God has given you. How can God put such greatness in such dirt bags? Seems like God is no stranger to risky business but He loves us so much that He’s willing to use us.

Your calling is your own and your purpose only belongs to you. It’s great to be unique in this way but it’s also a risk. Your calling will feed hungry people, provide jobs, influence nations, and bring people to the feet of Jesus. God places the solution to your generation in your belly; you figure out what it is and now…what? Now, it’s time to cling to the King who knows every detail of the plan. Now, it’s time to be a good steward over EVERYTHING in your life. Colossians 3:23 Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Now is the time for obedience and humility. Let’s face it, when the King gives you an assignment in His absence He will be looking for you when He returns. Don’t be found empty handed. It’s too much of a risk.

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