God has been teaching and forming me in deep, deep ways since graduating college. He has given me a beautiful bride (my wife, Rachel), multiple jobs, more money than ever, more bills than ever, and (hopefully here soon) a beautiful home on my own little piece of Kentucky. Wow. I am a blessed, blessed man. My heart is full.
But I have sensed ‘boredom’. And not boredom I have ever experienced before – something different – boredom with a unique, dangerous design to derail my life with Christ.
I think the best book ever written is “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain. I read it every June or July. Growing up, my vision for my life involved a series of dangerous adventures that were all worth the risk. The same way Huck seems to encounter it all rolling down the Mississippi River, that is how I imagined my life. Well, I am not Huck Finn or Indiana Jones or a Tolkien hero; Satan works tirelessly to remind me of this daily while paying bills, grocery shopping, taking out the trash, and falling short with our family budget.
The past few weeks I have been waging war against this “boredom” lie. Maybe I will have an opportunity to live a life similar to a fearless adventurer, but it will all pale in comparison to being called a son of God, entrusted with His Kingdom and being with Him for eternity. 2 Corinthians 5:17-18 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.” That is the adventurer God is making me into: a new creation, reconciled to Himself, and given the ministry of reconciliation. “Adventurer” is not powerful enough to describe what God is doing in a Christian’s life.
I am a warrior for God’s kingdom. And if Satan tries to tell me that the most dangerous thing I did last week was push my lawn mower up the hilly part of my lawn, I will recall the truth in John 1:3, “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.”
That adventurous attitude I have had since I was a boy is finally starting to make sense. “God’s purposes ripen fast and unfold every hour.” God is continually redefining my dreams and speaking in my ear, “Ye fearful saint, fresh courage take.” Wow. I am blessed beyond belief as a part of God’s Kingdom and redemption here on earth. Perhaps, I will instead read Old Testament prophecies and the Gospel story every year rather than the familiar story of Huck Finn.
The truth is: I am part of the most exciting & dangerous story of redemption that has been and will ever will be told. And, it’s not just a story: it’s true! And what is more, God has given me the title of “Son” and “Saint” and “Minister of Reconciliation”; not merely “Christian.” I pray that you & I make a habit out of asking for this type of Godward danger and adventure for the rest of our lives.