For an extended period of time, I have been uncomfortable with the complacency with which ethnic church goers in my context approach the commands of God. I am not certain that I know exactly, or precisely how to describe it, other than to say that as time progresses, it becomes more apparent that our object of worship is not God, the Creator of the universe. Rather, the lives we lead indicate that we are more concerned with self fulfillment and self satisfaction then we are with self sacrifice.
For nearly the past year, we have closed some of our worship gatherings with a recitation of the Great Commission.
However, something is missing…..
It seems like we’ve taken this costly command to go and make disciples of all nations, and we’ve mutated it into a comfortable call for people to come, be baptized, and sit in one location. We have mutated it into a call for people to live life in a homogenous bubble. Let me be clear, none of these things are intrinsically wrong. Rather, the problem springs up when our cultural context forces the glorious truth of the gospel to be neutered into something that does not threaten our comfortable existence. (disclaimer: I am a fan of comfortable existence).
Hebrews 12:1 tells us to :
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us”
We understand the image of the believer’s life being a race, we simply choose to ignore the weights that we are called to “lay aside”.
Just as you do not run a half marathon in scuba diver’s gear, you can’t follow only the commands of God that fit your cultural and lifestyle expectations. Instead, carry on to Hebrews 12:2 and run only for the sake of “Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith”. Run as though your life depends on it, because at that moment when eternity meets time, you will find that it did.