Settling into a safe routine of Christian living isn’t the gospel but it is what we all do (most of the time).
I am starting to have reoccurring theories and ideas that scare me: Sell all you have and come and follow me, if anyone is in need help them, if you believe and do not doubt, you will receive anything you ask for in prayer… To be honest they aren’t my ideas… I guess that is why they scare me. They are Jesus’ ideas, actually they are his teachings.
But I am afraid, even at 30 as a young pastor, husband and father of three, I feel stuck. Like I can’t serve God like I feel the bible says!
We find God and then we grow to a point and then we settle into a nice distance from the Cross and put down roots, sometimes physical, sometimes relational and specifically regarding our faith we stop and build a church and rally people around that structure. Be it Baptist or Catholic or Emergent. I feel many Christians live like this, personally and congregationally they say this is what we should be like and we stop, or at least come to a grinding halt.
Everything seems to solidify quickly! Find your place and settle in! Then….. Don’t Move!
I think Millennials are feeling this in a very interesting way. Churches and Christian organizations are full of boomers in committees carrying on consistent and high impact, or at least what was formerly consistent and high impacting programs. Young people are pushed to the margins to sit and stare, conform to a ‘modern’ in the box way, or start their own churches or ministries, I have seen all of this but the millennial, young adult, issue really is this!
Don’t stop searching and growing in heart and mind and grace! Not pastors, not artists, not baristas, not accountants, not nurses, not new moms and dads, not immigrants and not missionaries. Don’t stop growing in grace and love for everyone and for God! Don’t focus it inward on meeting your selfish needs but keep growing and moving, not stoping no matter how good the music gets, or how much your small group totally rocks!
We have to see that if we stop moving, we lose intimacy with Jesus and you can’t half follow someone, especially Jesus! If you do every day you will be another half day behind!
These ideas and teachings of Jesus, of helping others and praying in faith etc… I have come to believe, are not authoritarian commands, nor are they just good suggestions. They are lessons in the way of Jesus; teachings that take root and grow in our lives and help us to live out Jesus’ love. Because the commands that must be followed - the non negotiables – are as follows: Love the Lord your God with all you are and love your neighbour as yourself!
How we do that is a mixture of openness and sacrifice to God and others! Our lives therefore should be set into motion, creatively, inspirationally and sacrificially loving God and our fellow humans. What that looks like is up to you but in moments when everyone is saying don’t move! Jesus is saying don’t stop, no matter your place and your situation God can move you and you can love Him and others!
That is all you need!
So don’t move and die where you are or take Jesus’ teachings and love into your life, have faith, make sacrifices and see where following Jesus takes you!