On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of All Saints’ Church in Wittenburg, Germany. This signaled the start of what became the Protestant Reformation, which restored the truth of salvation by faith in Christ Jesus alone. Before then, there was an emphasis on good works as an attempt to […]
Note: By request of our blog readers, on Friday we answer reader-submitted questions from a faith perspective. If you’re not interested, no worries, just skip the post. To submit a question, you can post a comment or contact me. We’ve written previously about employee engagement within the workplace. This reader wonders if the same principles […]
Note: By request of our blog readers, on Friday we answer reader-submitted questions from a faith perspective. If you’re not interested, no worries, just skip the post. To submit a question, you can post a comment or contact me. Last week we answered the question, “Is my job the same as my calling?” In response […]
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Lately I’ve been thinking about the topic of life mission. Maybe because I’m a few years from turning 40 or because our family has stabilized after adoptions or because a mentor keeps bringing this issue up. Or maybe because of all three. Some people refer to it as your calling or holy discontent or life […]
Sometimes when we do something for a while, we forget WHY we do it. Anything can go like this—WHY do we eat dinner as a family every night?, WHY do we clean out the gerbil cage every week?, WHY do we go to church every weekend?
Prayer can be like this, too. We can begin to forget WHY we pray. We feel we should pray, but we don’t think about WHY. I suggest when we’re pushed between competing priorities, it would be wise to remember our WHYs.
Here are five of them:
Last week I shared an eight-minute talk on my puny view of Jesus. I had come to a point when I realized I was treating him WAY TOO SMALL. How did I realize this? I was exposed to a larger view of Christ.
At first it came as an imposition:
“You want me to re-consider my view of Jesus? Don’t you know I’ve been following him for 30 years already? I don’t need to re-think Jesus.”
Then I made excuses:
“I believe the basics, that’s enough. I don’t have time for this. You’re just talking semantics.”
Then I got mad:
“Who are you to challenge my view of Christ? I’ve been leading people for years, are you saying I’ve been doing it wrong? My walk with Jesus is MY business!”
But finally I gave in because saying I had the King of kings all figured out was pretty prideful. I barely have my wife figured out. Who was I fooling?
In the end it was a matter of humility—admitting I didn’t know Jesus in the ways I could know him—which meant there was MUCH MORE to Christ to know. I just had to enter the process. So I did.
I’d like to make three points about this process.
Note: On April 23 I participated in a Christ Talks event, where 10 speakers shared insights on the person of Christ from their unique perspectives. You can watch the video or read the blog , which is a portion of my Christ Talk.
Intimacy with Jesus hasn’t been a struggle for me. I like to live my life from my heart. You could say I haven’t been “shorthearted” when it comes to Jesus. But I have been shortsighted in my vision of Christ.
For the last year and a half—after 30 years of being a Christian, including some years in Christian leadership—I’ve been in a process of rediscovering who Jesus is, and I’m coming to love him more. I’m seeing how a greater vision of Christ increases my intimacy and my love for Christ.