The Journey of Life: The Greatest Adventure
Last year in my women’s bible study, we did an in-depth study of the book of Luke. I absolutely loved it and felt very challenged by the teachings of Jesus. I touched on this a bit in my post on Discipleship, but I really felt God challenging me to understand and take to heart the true cost of following Jesus: he demands our very life.
“Then he said to them all: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it.” – Luke 9: 23-24
“In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple.” – Luke 14:33
That sounds a little extreme, and it sounds a little bit (okay, a lot a bit) scary. I wanted to follow God, but this meant giving up literally everything—all my own plans and ambitions—and being willing to follow Him wherever he would lead me in life. I have a bit of a fear of the unknown, and if I gave my all to Jesus, I just didn’t know what he would call me to do. I know God often calls us to do difficult things, and I was afraid of what He might ask of me.
Of course, I realized that this was an irrational fear. For starters, whatever “control” I thought I had over my life, was an illusion anyways. Plus, we know that God is good, that He loves us, and that he works all things for the good of those who love Him. There is absolutely no reason not to trust him to direct our lives. And, what God promises to give us in exchange is SO much more than what we are giving up.
“’I tell you the truth,’ Jesus said to them, ‘no one who has left home or wife or brothers or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God will fail to receive many times as much in this age and, in the age to come, eternal life.’” – Luke 18:29-30
Still, I could not quite shake that uneasiness and the part of me that wanted to hold back.
I was standing in my kitchen one day trying to wrap my mind and my heart around this and figure out what I needed to do to get rid of my fear of uncertainty, to trust God and give myself completely over to him, when suddenly, dawned on me: living life God’s way is like an adventure!
Oddly enough, in my bible study a couple of weeks ago, I was introduced to The Wild Goose Chase by Mark Batterson, which instantly struck a chord. Read what he says:
|I think we could actually see Canada in the distance...|
|I imagine God saying this to me as he invites me|
to take part in life his way -- living life to the full!
This is why James tells us:
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” – James 1:2-4
When I look at living for Christ as an adventure, it makes me feel energized and excited to find out where God is going to bring me next. Instead of fear, I have a sense of anticipation, eagerly waiting to see the work that God is going to do and to see where this journey I call life will take me – knowing that it may be hard, it may not always be fun, but it will all be worth it! Bring on the adventure!
Postblog:The words from this song by Fireflight just keep striking me as I think about this great adventure we call life. Have a listen!
Hi there! My name is Dana and I live in West Michigan with my husband, Tom and our dog Happy Gilmore. I created this space as a place to share the things I learn along this journey I call life. I work in marketing and I'm a sort of Jane of All Trades, interested in all things nature, gardening, cooking, exploring and learning new things. This blog is a conglomeration of my interests, hobbies, life and life lessons. Thanks for stopping by!