A new series on what the gospel isn't, and what it is.
Is being a Christian boring? A list of “dos” and “don’ts” to obey? Does it mean giving up everything you enjoy doing?
Yes and no. It goes without saying that life isn’t always going to be full of excitement; even people who jump out of planes for a living must sometimes have moments of boredom if they do it every day! As a Christian, you will still experience boredom. But the gospel is anything but boring. In fact, it is richer, deeper and more extravagant than we could imagine.
We see promises of transformation everywhere around us in contemporary culture. Try this diet, try this beauty product, travel to this country and you’ll never be the same again. Up until recently, Coca-Cola’s advertising slogan promised us nothing short of “happiness” when we opened a bottle. But no matter how many times we’re sold a promise of our lives changing, things still stay the same.
Here’s a guarantee: make a decision to follow Jesus, and your life will definitely be transformed. We see in the bible that Jesus called twelve guys to follow Him. We know that some of them were fisherman and one of them was a tax collector. They were just getting on with their lives, when they encountered Jesus and their lives were never the same again. They saw Jesus perform amazing miracles, but also kick over tables at the temple when He encountered injustice (Matthew 21:12-13). They were taught by Him, they witnessed His death and resurrection and they went on to spread the news of everything they’d experienced.
Sir Francis Drake, an English sea-captain, wrote this prayer. He was the second sailor to circumnavigate the globe:
“Disturb us, Lord, when
We are too pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we dreamed too little,
When we arrived safely
Because we sailed too close to the shore.
Disturb us, Lord, when
With the abundance of things we possess
We have lost our thirst
For the waters of life;
Having fallen in love with life,
We have ceased to dream of eternity
And in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision
Of the new Heaven to dim.
Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,
To venture on wilder seas
Where storms will show Your mastery;
Where losing sight of land,
We shall find the stars.
We ask you to push back
The horizons of our hopes;
And to push back the future
In strength, courage, hope, and love.
This we ask in the name of our Captain,
Who is Jesus Christ.”
We have the opportunity to be in relationship with this same Jesus we read about. The Jesus who conquered death, who changes lives and calls us to be part of showing the world what an adventure it really is to be a Christian.