09 Feb Take A Risk
“Jonathan said to his young armor-bearer, ‘Come, let’s go over to the outpost of those uncircumcised men. Perhaps the Lord will act in our behalf. Nothing can hinder the Lord from saving, whether by many or by few.’” 1 Samuel 14:6
Jonathan was a man of action. He wasn’t interested in waiting for the Philistines to attack Israel. Instead, he looked for an opportunity to take the battle to them. He devised a plan to draw the Philistines into a fight and they took the bait. Jonathan believed that God could bring a great victory by his little act of faith. His initiative ignited a battle that caused so much confusion the enemy began fighting themselves. It was a panic sent by God.
Are you a risk-taker when it comes to engaging your donors or do you prefer having every word of your donor meetings highly scripted? Being well-prepared is a great quality, but there’s something to be said for stepping out in faith and trusting God for the results. Jonathan had a simple plan, “If they say, ‘Come up to us’ that will be our sign.” Jonathan had a general idea of what he wanted to accomplish, but he trusted God to guide each step.
Phil was unable to connect with a certain major donor after many unsuccessful attempts. Finally, he decided to text this person he had never met. On the morning he was scheduled to be in the area, the donor texted him back, “Mr. Jones… your text surprises me. I do not know you, but I know of your ministry. I can meet this morning at 9:00 a.m.”
Take the initiative. God can act on your behalf and give you great success.