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Big Risks and Bigger Rewards

December 19, 2011 by  
Filed under Daily Manna, Going Global, Monthly Articles

Christmas gift lists are helpful but you always have to allow for responding to unexpected gifts. Where do you draw the line?

While arranging the first Christmas, with an unrestricted gift list, God faced big risks. Teenage Mary had to accept his plan for her to become pregnant in a small hick town; risking death by stoning for her ‘immorality,’ and her fiancé Joseph’s reaction:

“But Joe, this really is God’s baby!” 

“Yeah, right, Mary. Please, my name’s Joe – not “slow!” I’ll see you ‘round!”

But God never backed off from the risk that Jesus may never have seen the light of day, because he had a huge, cosmic reward for ordinary, plain-vanilla people like us.

He wanted to experience our humanity and introduce otherwise impossible changes for us:

  • Revealing his truth: to clarify our beliefs, attitudes, habits and relationships
  • Releasing his love, acceptance, healing and forgiveness among ‘religiously unqualified’ people, so we may actively
  • Radiate his generosity, joy and confidence into tension that feeds off prejudice, fear, greed or hopelessness that prevent people from finding and fulfilling their potential.
  • To focus our intuitive flashes – of imminent danger; alertness to others’ insincerity; courage in the face of danger; or anticipation of great things ahead – within his love and purpose, so we may know him intimately.

In short, his plan is to multiply himself billions of times through us, as we accept his offer of new life and explore risky and rewarding ways to share his new life option with others.

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Noel Mitaxa is from South Eastern Australia and has been in ministry since 1973, firstly with Churches of Christ – similar to the Disciples in the USA – until 1990, when he moved to a faith-based inter-based inter-church sports ministry of sports evangelism, sports chaplaincy and sports media, before returning to pastoral ministry with Baptist Churches in 1996.

Throughout his ministries, he has always aimed at building the kinds of churches that express God’s love practically, as much as verbally.  Most recently, this included a community centre for woodworking, a community garden and counseling and education programs.

He also enjoys the methanol fix of speedway chaplaincy, in which he has served nine seasons as the Head Rev of all those rev heads!

He and his wife Judy have been married for 35 years; their four kids have grown up and they have three grandchildren.

His writing began in 1982, with his first weekly Good News column, which has always focused on helping unchurched people to realize that God loves them and that He is already there for them.  The column has also been a tool for feeding and starting ‘water cooler’ conversations among Christians and non-Christians.  He also writes for Cypress Times in Houston TX.

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