The journey of the redeemed is one of adventure, risk, uncompromise, and tenacious devotion to a single cause: walking, talking, breathing Christ.
If I could remind myself of this each morning, before engaging my wife, son, or dog, the day will right itself before it officially begins.
Growing up in Minnesota, hockey was what you did on the frozen tundra. If you couldn’t skate, you would prop yourself up with a hockey stick and use it like a adolescent walking cane. The ice rinks always had a warming hut. In Minnesota the winter temperatures were frigid, The warming hut was a great refuge for changing into your hockey gear, warming your frozen body parts, and chatting with friends about why professional hockey players are missing their front teeth (this is before they wore helmets).
The real action, excitement, and game, was always in the ice rink. The warming hut was a place to regroup, strategize, and reminisce of previous game exploits.
The Church Building is very similar to a warming hut, except it has air-conditioning. It is a place we come for re-charging, feeding, fellowship, and sharing how God’s power got you through the week, We share and encourage each other with what happens outside the walls where the spiritual games are played-out.
Hebrews 10:25 encourages us to “…not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
All to often I hole myself up in the church building, it’s warm and comfortable in here. I’m surrounded with fellow church goers I know well. It’s cold out there.
Is this the game, or journey? Or is it rocking on the spiritual porch, watching the world, with opportunities for kingdom growth pass by. Why not leap off the porch? Jump into the waist-deep harvest field? We have been called to leap in faith. Once we are warm, get back on the ice.
In Acts Paul showed balance: 19 Then some Jews came from Antioch and Iconium and won the crowd over. They stoned Paul and dragged him outside the city, thinking he was dead. But after the disciples had gathered around him, he got up and went back into the city. The next day he and Barnabas left for Derbe. 21 They preached the good news in that city and won a large number of disciples. Then they returned to Lystra, Iconium and Antioch, strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God,”
they said. Paul was checked into the boards, got up, skated, and said give me the puck!
Paul walked right back into Lystra after being dragged out, stoned, left for dead, and even returned to the scene of near-death, after preaching in Derbe. Imagine sharing this experience on a Sunday morning.
Paul lived on the spiritual razor’s edge, uncompromising, and balanced. He encouraged, taught, admonished brothers and sisters, and preached the good news. He knew how to skate.
Matthew 28:18-20 “Therefore go…”