Sometimes I find things on the blogs and articles that I read that I copy and paste and stick within a “thinking bucket” on my MacBook Pro. They percolate there…as I tell my biblical studies students, “any good intellectual and spiritual endeavor needs deliberate incubation periods in order for new learnings and new truths to sink their way into our souls.” So, to tell you the truth, I don’t know where the thoughts below originate from…I know I take notes and write things down compulsively…so many of them may have originated with me. Some may have been taken from books I’ve read. I don’t know…but as I was looking through some of that stuff, I thought, “there’s a blog post.” So, here goes:
It is time to re-imagine and take a huge risk – pursue a new reality.
- I’m not interested in covetously holding our ground
- I’m not satisfied with us/them mentality
- I’m not giving up on one person who has come to Jesus or been a part of us building a faith community
- I’m not satisfied with singing bland songs but fierce songs that call/paint a picture of a new life/reality/world
- I deliberately join the Spirit in doing “creating all things new” on a transformed foundation
“Someone asked me a while ago, “What is the task of the Christian today? Shall I answer, “faith, hope, and love”? That sounds beautiful but I would say “courage”. No, even that is not challenging enough to be the whole truth. Our task today is recklessness. For what we Christians lack is not psychology or literature. We lack a holy rage. The recklessness that comes from the knowledge of God and humanity. The ability to rage when justice lies prostrate on the streets…and when the lie rages across the face of the earth – a holy anger about things that are wrong in the world. To restlessly seek a recklessness that will challenge and seek to change human history until it conforms with the norms of the Kingdom of God. And remember that the signs of the Christian church have always been the Lion, the Lamb, the Dove, and the Fish…but never the chameleon.” Danish scholar, Kaj Munk
We have intellectualized the faith so much – we’ve pulled he true nature of the God/man we follow out of him:
- We’ve adopted a tame/insipid Jesus
- We’ve adopted a mission that is consistent with that picture instead of a Kingdom revealing, Kingdom actualizing, Kingdom initiating Jesus.
- The story of Jesus is really a paradigm of life – as Jesus was on a mission so we too have a mission that defines our followership
- We sanitize Jesus and tame him in our orthodoxy and in doing so – “Jesus has let us off the hook” of pursuing that for which he lived, died and rose as well as that in which He/God invested through the gift of the Spirit.
I’m at a point in my life where I just want to imitate Jesus:
- Sharing life in service to others
- Employing the language/thought/relationships of those who we seek to share Kingdom
- Go to the people instead of them to us
- Doing deeds that create words – where the Gospel is not only communicated in concepts and words but also communicated through ordinary means of love, servanthood, friendship, goodness, and kindness
- For example, there may be more “Christian” importance in greeting someone at the grocery store than sitting in a class memorizing the theological doctrines
- I want to be authentic, honest, genuine, and real
- I desire to build a community of love/service
- I want to be a part of a movement where everyone shares their gifts – in the common task of serving Jesus
- I want to do everything I can to live the kingdom of God
- I want to do everything I can to serve a cause greater than myself – to be a community “on the prowl” in love
“If you want to build a ship, don’t summon people to buy wood, prepare tools, distribute jobs and organize the work; teach people the yearning for the wide, boundless ocean”. Antoine de Saint-exupery
We need to let Jesus be our reference point on the open ocean. We need to push off from the shore and let the winds of the Spirit take us to where God wills. We need to embrace a radical spirit of encouragement of each follower of Jesus – to be inspired because God is already at work before we go into the places and relationships that He is sending us – all we have to do is cooperate – follow God into all places trusting in His mercy, grace and power.
Enough said for today…