“God interrupt whatever we are doing so that we can join You in what You’re doing.” ~ Francis Chan
I sat across the table from my sixty-something year-old neighbor this morning, pumpkin spice latte in hand. We had talked about meeting for coffee for ages, wanting to catch up, since for some reason – even though we share a back yard - we can hardly catch each other coming and going.
She travels by air across the nation regularly for her job, rubbing shoulders with influential people in the science world. I travel by minivan across town multiple times a week, taxi-ing children to and from activities, rubbing shoulders with other mom friends just like me.
Two different generations. Two different stages of life. Two passionate Jesus lovers.
We talked about the falling leaves in our yards, our families, and how drastically technology has changed life today. And how, even with the best of intentions, great neighbors can go weeks without really connecting.
And because the Gospel drives us and unites us, we landed here:
What if our fast-paced, technology-ridden, independent-living society is hindering the spread of the Gospel more than ever before?
We could point our fingers at other people all day long, but the truth is, on most days, I can’t even make it fifty feet across the property line onto my sweet neighbor’s front step, and into her life. And we really, really like each other. Let alone make time for someone whose needs – spiritual and otherwise - go far beyond easy fixes like some down time and a latte. A better question?
What if the life I lead is hindering the Gospel?
You know, the comfortable life that encourages me to associate with people who really look and act just like me. The very full, blessed life that, on most days, keeps me too busy and too distracted to see beyond my to-do list.
But as much as I fight the pull of this world, Luke tells me of a different Gospel-centered way of living.
I’ve been challenged to live like Jesus. Laying down my life, loosing my comfort and pride, for the sole purpose of the Gospel.
I’ve been challenged to lead like Jesus. Fixing my eyes on the eternal, remaining faithful even in the midst of temptation and rejection.
I’ve been challenged to love like Jesus. Unconditionally, sacrificially, loving even my enemies by His power because He first loved me.
God forbid that as Christ-followers, we make a name for ourselves for loving our agendas, our possessions, our political parties or our reputations far more than we love people.
What if we stretched ourselves in and beyond the comfort of our homes, our cubicles and our carpool lines and reached out and loved radically for the sake of the Gospel? Oh, how we could impact the world if we intentionally spent our days living, leading and loving like Jesus!
“Then he said to them all:
‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves
and take up their cross daily and follow me.
For whoever wants to save their life will lose it,
but whoever loses their life for me will save it.’”
~ Luke 9:23-24
At His feet,
LET’S TALK: How has our time in Luke challenged you to live, lead and love like Jesus where God has placed you?