When was the last time you felt sick and tired about something in your life that was causing you grief? Were you spending too much time at work; staring at your phone too often; eating poorly; did you drink more than you should have again? Whatever it may have been, we’ve all been there. We get sick and tired of being sick and tired over and over again.
We weren’t made to be that way. God designed us to want more. He designed us to want to go deeper than shallow Christianity. He gave us a sense of adventure for life and for faith. For an example of a God given sense of adventure, look no further than the vast Louisiana Purchase. Adventurers had long been exploring the expanse of land between the Mississippi River and Pacific Northwest, but there had never been a mission of discovery commissioned by the United States. This great responsibility fell to Captain Meriwether Lewis and Lieutenant William Clark; better known as Lewis and Clark.
These men and their volunteers braved the journey from St. Louis to the Pacific Northwest. They battled the Missouri River into the mountains of Montana where they were directed by Native Americans to the Columbia River which would take them to the Pacific Ocean and the half-way point of their journey. They returned much the same way they came without losing a single soul on their adventure.
I’ve stood where Lewis and Clark stood so many years ago, both along the Missouri and Columbia Rivers. I’m in the process of moving to a county named after them: Lewis and Clark County, MT. Their sense of adventure reminds me that God has crafted us to not find contentment in shallow Christianity.
Sometimes, however, fear of what we might have to let go of prevents us from embracing Jesus’ gift: life to the full. We might have to battle the demons of addiction. We might have to release our time management as an offering to God. We might have to surrender our plans to make way for God’s better way. Actually… there’s no “might” about it. We WILL have to let go of these distractions and barriers to that full life.
That is holiness. This is a full life. That is what Jesus is calling us to. It will simultaneously be the single most difficult and rewarding experience of your life.
When the enemy says, “You’re doing fine, no need to work harder than you have to!”
Jesus says, “The thief’s purpose is to steal, kill and destroy. My purpose is to give life in all its fullness” (John 10:10, TLB).
Holiness matters because it shows us the only way to experience life the way God meant it to be experienced is to take the adventure of growing deeper with him.