God calls us to make a difference for the Kingdom of God. If we are truly to make a difference we will find ourselves in challenging places. In those places, courage will be demanded. At some level we know that, but if we find ourselves in those places, we are often surprised.
In Mark Batterson’s book, In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day, we read: “Maybe we’ve measured spiritual maturity the wrong way. Maybe following Christ isn’t supposed to be as safe or as civilized as we’ve been led to believe. Maybe Christ was more dangerous and uncivilized than our Sunday-school flannel graphs portrayed.”
This weekend I continue the sermon series “Working Out our Faith.” In this weekend’s installment I will talk about how God needs to shape us with a deep character that will equip us to meet the challenges that we face. But God wants us to do more than just meet challenges. His desire is to grow us to be the kind of people who step out and “chase lions.” Lion chasers bring the glory to God that rightly belongs to Him.
I encourage you to come to one of our three weekend services in order to move beyond being “safe” in your faith to the point that you begin to risk going after God-ordained opportunities that will move you beyond a mundane and boring life, to a life (and ministry) of excitement, risk and truly making a kingdom difference! See you in Church!