26 Jan The Spirit of Adventure
THE SPIRIT OF ADVENTURE
When Jesus comes into a life He brings the world with Him. Suddenly, a person with limited motivation, expectation and imagination starts to dream of doing the impossible.
Religion has a way of putting you back into the box called “Average,” but Jesus has a way of keeping you free. He does this by putting a vision in your heart that is bigger than what you can do without Him.
God called Abraham out of his homeland to a place he had never been before, then told him that He would give him a child, something that, considering Abraham’s natural body, should be impossible. Day after day, then year after year, it looked as though the promise was not going to happen. God had to re-ignite the dream, because He does not work apart from the faith of men. He took Abraham outside his tent and told him to take a look at the stars…each star counting as a child he will have as a descendant. But Abraham had a ceiling of tarp 8 feet above his head that he looked at all day long. His vision could not see beyond the top of that tent.
It’s time you moved your focus away from the top of the tent, to see a new ceiling as high as the heavens!
Scripture gives us an expectation of this new life that will ignite our passion for the Adventure Christ is calling us to. Years ago as we got out of a boat into the water off of Bahol Island in the Philippines, the moonlight hit the water at just the right angle to reveal thousands of snakes in the water beneath us. There the name of our ministry was birthed, “Christian Adventures.” We survived, and you will too, as you get out of the boat and take the risk of walking on water. Remember, Peter walked on water like Jesus, and when He fell, he discovered that Jesus would catch him.
This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-ending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike, “What’s next, Papa?” God’s Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are. We know who He is, and we know who we are: Father and children. And we know we are going to get what’s coming to us — an unbelievable inheritance!
God, the One who got you started in this spiritual adventure, shares with us the life of His Son and our Master, Jesus. He will never give up on you. Never forget that. “So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ…” 1 Corinthians 1:7
And that’s not all: as we throw open our doors to God, we discover at the same moment that He has already thrown open His door to us! We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand — out in the wide open spaces of God’s grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise! All this is proceeding along lines planned all along by God, and then executed in Christ Jesus. When we trust in Him, we’re free to say whatever needs to be said, bold to go wherever we need to go. So don’t let my present trouble on your behalf get you down. Be proud!
“Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, was this grace given, to preach unto the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;” Ephesians 3:8[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]