For a while I have had this ache, that Church and Christian life in general, should be so much more than I see so often. A friend did an art exhibition is Southampton called “Another World is Possible” and something in this resonated with me. Lets not settle for lives and Churches that have always looked this way and always done this this way. Let us see the new wine of the spirit, the new thing that God is doing.
In the Bible we read of David being sent to fight Golliath and before he went king Saul tried to help him by loading him down with all this armour, david refused and went with just a sling -talk about go vulnerably… echo’s of Jesus sending off the 72, where he told them to also “go vulnerably”, and yet David’s new way worked because God was in it. The 72 going off with no plan or provisions would give my treasurer heart-failure yet this was Jesus plan, and clearly his plan worked as the disciples came back rejoicing that the demons obeyed them, and Jesus had to remind them of their priorities when he said “don’t rejoice that the demons obey, but rejoice that your names are written in the lambs book of life”.
Francis Chan said “non Christians aren’t supposed to understand our lifestyles, they are meant to think we are crazy”.
What does it mean for each of us to be Salt and Light every day where-ever we go?
What would stepping out of the boat look like for us?
I believe that there is more, and God wants to take us on further and deeper with him, and it may be costly, but like in the parable of the pearl of great price it is worth it.
Lets go deeper together and live this out in all areas of our lives from the small details to the biggest of our life choices following God where-ever he leads. It is an adventure, life, and life in all its fullness.