November 10, 2011
Are We Reckless?
As Christians, we have so many passages of scripture that are intended to unleash us to the world and empower us to live recklessly for the sake of His name. Why is it so hard for us to trust that and live that way?
"The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake." - Psalm 23:1-3 (It doesn't end there in this chapter)
"Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday." - Psalm 37:4-6
The list could go on and on. Paul was so zealous for the sake of Christ and he did it by living his life in reckless abandon for the sake of the name of Jesus Christ. How free he must of have felt?! How empowered by the Spirit he must have been!? Talk about living on the edge! He knew the voice of the Lord and he went and did whatever it said.
We are so good at asking questions. We are extremely talented at analyzing things. We think that wisdom resides in thinking through things; that we can figure out what the Will of God is. Why don't we ask one question, only one question? The trick is we can't lie to ourselves. We can't falsify our response or we miss out and we fail to hear the wisdom in the Psalms.
All we need to ask:
"Is that the voice of the Lord?"
If the answer is "yes," then go. If the answer is "no," then stay.
We are so good at over complicating these things. Let's just trust Him! He's on the throne! He can contend with our misunderstandings and failures (He does it all of the time.). I wonder what a world with Christians who are pursuing Christ like that looks like.