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Lives of Courage

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I have decided to follow Jesus.

“My name is Jeremy Riffle, and I am the principal at Triton Elementary School. It has taken godly wisdom and courage for me to do what is best for kids every day. I often tell students I have two jobs as their principal. One is to keep them safe, and the other is to make sure they make progress. All the while, I help turn the ‘I can’ts’ into the ‘I cans.’ All the while, I need to remember that I am a model for personal responsibility, respect, integrity, determination and enthusiasm.

I have decided to follow Jesus.

“God gave me the opportunity to become a principal at 27 years old, 4 years after doing my student teaching in that same building. Pastor Dave and his staff remind us that God doesn’t call the qualified, but he qualifies the called. I recollect my first day on the job. I waved at some students, talked to them, did announcements and went back to my office. To be quite honest, I didn’t have a clue what I was going to do that day. Ten years later, I don’t worry about what I am going to do on a daily basis. But on my first day, I made a commitment to our community and to myself that I was going to do everything I possibly could to make sure we had quality teachers in every one of our classrooms, teachers who were willing to build relationships and do what was best for the students on a daily basis for the short term and the long term.

I have decided to follow Jesus.

“My challenge and encouragement to you today is to surround yourself with wise counsel, men and women who believe in you but who are also willing to keep you accountable. Be willing to live out your convictions and passions. Don’t avoid the tough conversations, but be sure that when those tough conversations come, you use a little bit of truth and a lot of love. By standing on this stage today and talking about courage does not mean that I have it all figured out. It doesn’t mean I’m perfect by any means, as I continually seek wisdom as a father and a husband. It simply means I am confident that the Lord, as He promises in Joshua 1:9 and Deuteronomy 31:6, will continue to guide me through difficult circumstances and never leave my side.” [Jeremy Riffle, “The Word on Courage: The Most Amazing Story of Courage,” Oct. 16, 2016]

No turning back. No turning back.

Though none go with me, still I will follow.

The story is told of an Indian man and his family who found Jesus in the 1880s. In his village, this was unheard of and discouraged in the most brutal ways. When the converts were found out, the leader demanded that the man renounce his faith or face grave consequences. At this threat the man said, “I have decided to follow Jesus, and there is no turning back.” Because of his defiance, the man’s children were murdered in front of him.

Though none go with me, still I will follow.

After seeing this, the man is said to have courageously responded, “Though no one is here to go with me, still I will follow Jesus.” At this, the man’s wife was murdered.

Though none go with me, still I will follow.

With his final words, the man said, “The world can be behind me, but the cross is still before me.” “I Have Decided.” Sermon Spice.

No turning back. No turning back.

The world behind me, the cross before me.

In northern Indiana, our stories of courage do not include public executions. They don’t include watching our families murdered in front of us before we lose our own lives. No, our stories of courage look a little different. Yet our stories of courage are powerful. Countless stories could be told of people in the Body who have heard the call of Christ. The call was small. Sometimes it was simple.

“Do this.”

“Say this.”

“Listen.”

The world behind me, the cross before me.

Sometimes the call is bigger. The risk is greater. Fear far surpasses faith. A career, a reputation, a relationship is on the line. But still the call might be simple.

“Do this.”

“Say this.”

“Listen.”

The world behind me, the cross before me.

Courage means listening. It means taking a step, day after day to follow the Lord. Courage is standing on the Word of God, all the while leaning on the Holy Spirit. Courage is obedience to the Father, setting aside all else to obey One. It isn’t popular. It isn’t applauded. Courage is hard.

No turning back.

What is your story of courage? As we enter our final weeks of “The Word on Courage,” have you been able to identify moments of courage from your life? Have you taken one step of courage, one step of obedience?

May we be a people of wisdom and courage.

No turning back.

Take a step…
  1. Now God. There are multiple people and factors that make up the stories of our lives. As Pastor Dave walked us through Daniel 1, we learned of the Babylonians, of Daniel and of a powerful God who empowered Daniel with deep courage. As you look back on different situations in your life that required a “baptism of courage,” what are the “now God” moments?
  2. What’s your fire? There will be fires in our lives. No one gets a pass. These fires are painful situations. Often we feel a trapped or hopeless, but we are reminded that God uses these fires to take us where He wants us to go. So what fire are you walking through right now? Are you relying on the “4th man?”
  3. Share the mystery. Daniel sought godly wisdom and courage to reveal a great mystery to King Nebuchadnezzar. Today, the great mystery we need to share with others is the mystery of the Gospel. How is God asking you to courageously reveal the mystery of the Gospel to the lost?
  4. Courageously listen. So often, success and pride cloud our ability to accurately see ourselves. As Pastor Dave often says, “Success has ruined far more people than failure.” Yet, God always uses people and situations to speak bold truths into our lives. We need only to listen courageously and embrace these truths. Take some time to evaluate your own heart. Where are you ignoring these truths? Where are you courageously listening? How can you take one step to act on the truths God has given you?