I have not been able to stop thinking about a few ideas an extremely humble man said a few weeks ago. His words brought life. New life, and life I have never thought about. I can’t seem to get it out of my head. This doesn’t happen in my life much any more, but it happened a few weeks ago.
Have you ever not been picked for kickball? Have you ever been picked last for soccer? Have you ever felt left out? Have you ever wanted to be the cool kid? This still exists, and its called Christianity.
I see people differently today than I did a few years ago. My eyes have changed. We talk, in Christianity, a lot about who is in, or who is out. We talk about the saved, the lost, and the hopeless. We talk a lot about behavior, doing good, or doing bad. We talk about getting things done, how much God is on the move, and how wonderful it is how God is working in this area or that area. And I believe most of it is hurtful and not worthy of words coming out of our mouths.
The Word of God is anything but black and white.
The Word of God is living, breathing, moving, active, and full of grace.
I am currently trying out a new way of discipleship (We use this word too much). When I look at the life of Christ, I see assumption. He assumes a lot, but the assumptions are based on a previous knowledge most of us wish we had. But, He assumes all the disciples will just come with him, follow him, and partake. And so has begun my new approach to bringing people along with me. I’ve decided to stop wondering, and start inviting. There is this kid who was an atheist. We started a relationship, and I started inviting. I invited him to YL club, I invited him to campaigners, and now, He is “In”. He prays now, he reads oswald chambers, and we talk about Jesus. I don’t talk about being in or out. I don’t talk about good or bad. I talk about Jesus. It was natural, it was fun, and I was never nervous of if he would choose to follow or not. It was almost as if there was no other way. Why wouldn’t he?
What the man said to me a few weeks ago won’t leave my head. He talked about authentic humanity. He talked about how Jesus came not to just save me from my sin, but also to show me what it looks like to be authentically human. This has so many implications, and you already think I am a heretic, but thats alright. I know where I stand. Jesus picks me for kickball all the time.
So I want to stop thinking in terms of who is in and who is out. I want to start assuming. I want to assume the best in humanity. I want to assume people will like what I invite them into, and want to be a part of it. I want to assume people will hear the word of God and be drawn to it. I want to assume God is bigger, cares more, and is active without me or what I do. I want to assume when I talk about Jesus, He will stir, poke, and agitate people to their core. I don’t need flashy life stories, or really good illustrations. I don’t need to become a behavior manager, or a maker of good people, but get people to see a real authentic human Jesus.