I was at a conference recently, and the speaker was discussing the idea of being ambitious as we chase after Christ.
He was sharing his desire to want to go above and beyond what is currently happening to get ahead of the curve.
As a "good Christian," he knew he needed to get with the Holy Spirit on this to be efficient (do the best he could!). So as usual, he took some time for solitude for reflection and revelations.
What he forgot was that at times like these, God often has the tendency to take a good idea/intention we've come up with, point to us how our sinful nature is polluting the otherwise good idea, and then refines it to look altogether different than what we first intended.
What he gathered from this time was exactly that. This desire for ambition and to "get ahead of the curve" for the sake of the Kingdom was halted with a harsh awakening.
"The passion of the Christ was not an ambitious act nor an attempt to get ahead of the curve. The Gospel of Jesus Christ was A BURDEN. Something was missing; the ends were not together; something had to be done or else this will end badly!"
The speaker mentioned that ambition and getting "ahead of the curve" stems from recognizing that things are good as they are! Ambition/getting "ahead of the curve"/being proactive is the result and wanting more, while being grateful for the abundence we currently have.
THIS IS NOT THE HEART OF THE GOSPEL OF JESUS!
At the heart of the Gospel is the fact that WE AREN'T GOOD ENOUGH WHERE WE'RE AT and are in need of SOMETHING GREATER, SOMETHING BEYOND US TO COME AND MAKE ENDS MEET!
What is the Gospel of Jesus to you? Is it something nice, something you do proactively above and beyond your "already good enough state?" Or...
...is it a desperate act, from a sense of urgency, by someone greater, with the purpose of snatching you from the jaws of death?
Determining your answer to this question will go a long way in defining how you go about carrying out the implications of the Gospel of Jesus in your everyday life.
Posted on Wed, January 2, 2013
by Ish Arteaga