The Troubled Man

Stuff happens.

What is the greatest risk that you have ever taken?

Investing in a pyramid scheme? (That was not a risk, it was a poor decision) Getting married? You ain’t the first.  For some people the greatest risk they take is to wake up in the morning.

The marketplace has plenty of risks. You risk losing your job by saying no to the sexual advances of your boss. You risk ‘tarmacking’ if you don’t give the kick back.

Relationships pose these challenging situations as well.

A man in the Bible had a tough choice to make. His name was Joseph

Matthew 1:18-25

A troubled man Joseph was.

He has his fiance. The plans are going well and the families are warming up to the ceremonies. Then Mary says to Joseph, “Dude, we need to talk.” No big deal, Joseph thinks. The conversation takes a twist.

“I am pregnant, and it is not what you think! It is an angel!” What would have been your response had you been in his shoes?

“Ridiculous!” Joseph shouts. “Girl, you are too naïve. You don’t know how to lie. You probably need to see a doctor.”

Eventually, Joseph had an angelic visit as well. He was told to go ahead with the plans. To take Mary as wife, because God was actually responsible for the seed in the womb.

What is the good man’s response? Believe it or not he goes ahead, risking a lot more in the process.

ü  His reputation: Will anyone believe he is not the father? His integrity will be in question and his sanity as well.

ü  His girlfriend: The law required that any woman who slept out would be stoned. Conception was objective proof.

ü  His status: He would be seen as a transgressor of the law. That had social and religious implications. His family would probably not come on board. The religious establishment would ostracize him. H would have lost face among his peers.

Joseph decided to take a risk with God. The point is:

A risk with God is an eternal investment!

Yes. Obedience leads to greatness. I believe following God is a calculated risk, not a blind one. Joseph must have considered the following:

  1. God knows the big picture. Trust him. He knows the end from the beginning. He knew that one day Joe will look back and say: “What a privilege it was to play such a sacred role. Why me?”

A risk with God is an eternal investment!

  1. God will see you through. Trust him. Joseph knew that he would not be alone. A risk with God attracts heavenly resources. Heaven takes responsibility for the projects born from above.

A risk with God is an eternal investment!

  1. God will bless others through you. The earthly dividends include being a model and a blessing for others. The ‘illegitimate’ baby turned out to be the savior of the world! We have all been blessed by Joseph’s obedience.

A risk with God is an eternal investment!

Take a risk with God as we come to the end of the year.

A risk to let go of a wrong relationship for a greater reward. A risk to refuse to compromise even when your biological clock is ticking. A risk to press in and hold on to the marriage, as you trust him for solutions.

A risk to take God seriously at work.

Maybe God is asking you to start a front line initiative. May be he is asking you to give away a certain amount or property. Probably the Holy Spirit is asking you to serve in church and be part of the church-planting vision at Mavuno.

Are you willing to take the risk with God? Remember, a risk with God is an eternal investment.

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10 Responses to “The Troubled Man”

  1. I see Mavuno has a sense of humor 🙂 I can imagine Joseph holding the new born, and wondering ‘Sasa wewe, in a cow shed!’ And trying to figure out if He looks anything angelic ‘Ama nili-conniwa?’ But best of all were the brothers and sisters ‘Ukinichezea nitaambia big bro. Umeona zile miracles ana-perform? Shauri yako!’

    The joy of the Lord is my strength.

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  2. That was a powerful sermon Pst S,my only concern is what Kwach was doing there.He’s not even saved,and that can only mean one thing,he does not believe in Jesus. Is Mavuno in the business of entertainment or what???

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    • Hi Wangari.
      As a mavunite i would let you know that a church is like a hospital ,the sick come for healing. Jesus said,’i came for the lost’. Its the sick who need a doctor not the healthy. So Mavuno is a church which practises real christianity, you come just as you are to meet a real God and real people. If i may ask you , where do you want the sinners to go? Secondly why do you condemn the sinners when their God does not?

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  3. Linda Nziokilindambatha Says:

    BE WILLING to go out on a limb with Me. If that is where I am leading you, it is the safest place to be. Your desire to live a risk-free life is a form of unbelief. Your longing to live close to Me is at odds with your attempts to minimize risk. You are approaching a crossroads in your journey. In order to follow Me wholeheartedly, you must relinquish your tendency to play it safe.

    Let Me lead you step by step through this day. If your primary focus is on Me, you can walk along perilous paths without being afraid. Eventually, you will learn to relax and enjoy the adventure of our journey together. As long as you stay close to Me, My sovereign Presence protects you wherever you go.

    Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. -PSALM 23:4

    Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you. -PSALM 9:10

    “Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.” -JOHN 12:26

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  4. Service was great today.Thanks!I have never had a chance to tell Kanjii what a blessing he is. I cannot count the number of times I have come to church weary, guilty and defeated, and felt lifted after the worship!You have an anointing that breaks discouragement.
    Your obedience is inspirational.
    keep it up

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  5. alexandria Says:

    Like Ruth in the Bible i choose in His name to take for once in my life a risk with God.

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  6. Thanks Pasi for the great sermon. I loved what Kanji said at the end…that at times taking a risk at that point may mean trusting God. I have been experiencing a lot of pressure to jump outside the boat….but I have been really confused as I don’t know which boat I currently am in or even where the edge of the boat is….the only thing that has kept me is knowing that God is in control and will work out something good in the end. Be blessed…..

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  7. Angella ajanga Says:

    I feel both encouraged as well as reprimanded.Sometimes I get so scared with the circumstances that I stay in the comfortable zone,choosing to play it safe.At times I have taken risks and God showed himself faithful!I choose to fully walk with God.GOD HELP ME.

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  8. Kwach?U lost me Wangari.

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