Risky kingdom business

Joseph of Arimathea took a risk and went to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. (Joseph was an honored member of the high council, and he was waiting for the Kingdom of God to come.)  Mark 15:43

Why would someone in an influential position like Joseph risk his reputation and comfort to help what must have seemed like a failed Messiah? Jesus’ message about the Kingdom of God and the Man Himself so captivated Joseph that his position and possessions didn’t matter. Joseph responded to something more compelling than human reason or emotion.

Lord, when You inspire me to Kingdom business help me to respond fearlessly, with wisdom and grace, no matter the risk.