Christianity is not a place – it’s a way.
As Christians, we need to have “journey thinking,” rather than “settled thinking.” Walking with God is not about performing a set of activities or meeting a list of requirements. It’s dynamic and ongoing. It’s challenging and faith producing and rises far above complacency and a loss of wonder.
E.B.White (1899 – 1985) was an American writer and author of the wonderful childrens’ books, Stuart Little and Charlotte’s Web. He made a very astute observation when he said, “I enjoy living among pedestrians who have an instinctive and habitual realization that there is more to a journey than the mere fact of arrival.” Me too. I enjoy hanging around people who wake up in the morning and believe in their hearts that “this is the day that the Lord has made. I will be glad and rejoice in it” (Psalm 118.24) because He is in control It’s about stepping forward – not getting stuck. I want to be the kind of person who welcomes Jesus in my days and lives victoriously, despite all the obstacles that punctuate life on this earth.
In this hurting world, it’s easy to get stuck – to stop learning – to become overwhelmed – to cease striving. Somehow, Jesus gets passed by as we run out the door and try to live on our own strength. Eventually, we wear out. Jesus gets forgotten in our days, swallowed up by the demand to be professional, hard driving, productive, responsible people, like everyone else. It becomes easier to legalistically follow the rules than freely follow the Holy Spirit. There are more questions asked when you swim with the current. Unfortunately, there are less moments of glorious living.
Walking with Jesus isn’t about sedentary, dried up, legalistic, limited thinking. John Piper describes it this way.
For many, Christianity has become the grinding out of general doctrinal laws from collections of biblical facts. But childlike wonder and awe have died. The scenery and poetry and music of the majesty of God have dried like a forgotten peach at the back of the refrigerator. John Piper
If you’ve ever come across one of those dried up, wrinkled, blotchy, old peaches hiding in the corner of your refrigerator, you’ll agree that it’s a powerful picture of what life can do to you. As Christians, we don’t need to live a life of resignation and a loss of awe. Whatever capacity God has given us, we are to live fully. It looks differently for all of us but abundant life is abundant life…and it only happens with Jesus.
I recently got a wonderful email from a special friend who included this delightful quote.