I was looking for something regarding the Great Commission and I came across a web site that described the Great Commission as “A timeless and wonderful adventure in faith for all Christians.”
Currently people use words like “adventure” and “extreme” or maybe even the hyper-radical “X-treme” for those who really like it on the edge, to describe the Christian life.
I understand the desire to do this. No one wants to say that following Christ is boring, that doesn’t really sound good or holy. But I have to be honest, it’s not exactly an X-treme non-stop adventure.
It reminds me of the local mini-golf course that promises “an unequaled miniature golf experience! The adventures and legends of infamous pirates come to life in our award-winning theme park settings.”
What this really means is that you’ll be surrounded by screaming kids who smack you in the shin with their putter and launch your scuffed up, nearly square golf ball into a scum-covered pond filled with cigarettes.
The problem with advertising the Great Commission as a great adventure is that it really isn’t, at least not in the way people generally define the word “adventure.”
In fact, what Christ is doing is calling people to a way of life. It’s a day-to-day existence with some triumphs and many failures. If you’re doing it for the thrills, expect to be disillusioned quickly.
We are called to run a race, not an “X-treme Gr8 Race” either, just a race. A long, tedious, injury filled race of faith. Our only advice for this race is–put off sin that besets us and run. Just run. Day in and day out. Run.
Keep running. Then run. Run some more. Do it again tomorrow. And the next day. And the next day. Just keep running until you reach the end. The prize at the end is the thrilling adventure. Make sure you make it.