MUSINGS FROM MIKE
I am having a conversation this week on Facebook that gave me a gift.
The content of the conversation is not the most important thing – what matters is that God gave me the gift of stepping back and taking a breath before I launched into a defense of what I believe. And as I took that step back a deep truth became clear to me: For this time in our lives and world – we are called to be different.
That is a big mind shift for me from what I have read, heard, and sometimes practiced in my ministry. Basically it boiled down to figuring out what people wanted in their lives and give it to them in Jesus’ name.
Now, I sense a different reality emerging. Everywhere you and I go life is about what we want, how we want it, and when we want it. Because of that I think God is calling us as people of faith to be different.
To be different from our culture and its values. To be different in that we are not just one more group of people screaming for our rights. To be different in that not everything at every moment is about us.
I think what God is calling us to is a sold out life of service in Jesus’ name and I believe that is something very different for this time in our culture and our world. To live this way is to be different, for instance it will probably be true that we will lose some arguments with the culture and people in it – we don’t care because if you reject us and our service to you, we will serve you more in Jesus’ name. Pretty different huh?
I have thought an awful lot about how the Christian movement went from less than 500 followers of Jesus to over 33 million followers of Jesus in three hundred years. I think one way they did it was by being something that people had not seen before and did not expect. And their faith in a living God and his Son also carried them a long way.
I think we are at one of those moments in American culture where a lot of things have gone off the rails and God is calling us to help get things back on track…by being different and unexpected.