We are a generation of self-proclaimed experts and full of a lot of talk. Seemingly we know it all and have sought to experience the many things life has to offer.
For my fellow business enthusiasts it seems like I have a seemingly well educated conversation about the nature of a startup and what it takes to be successful nearly every week; these same people seem to have a savvy for business without actually having started a profitable business-go figure.
For those of us that would call ourselves Christians it seems like I have a “good theological” discussion on the daily. But the funny thing about these folk is that their theology doesn’t seem to line up with their lives. Their theology seems to be bigger than their individual understandings of suffering and the lifestyle necessary to follow Christ.
Millenials we are so prone to pretending to know something when we really don’t-let’s not do so with following Christ.
Perhaps it looks like putting our heavy Wayne Grudem Systematic Theology books away and focusing on the most important thing at hand-the journey of following Jesus, by his grace.
A common theme I’ve noticed in people our age is the presence of really good theological conversation. Many of us who declare Christ know the Gospel and can talk endlessly about their ambitions for Christ. However, I think we are massively missing the point in our current conversations. Christ never called us to have good theological sufferings; he called us to come and die to ourselves-our flesh, entitlements, and especially our comforts.
In this nature of the choosing of our own death the eyes of our heart are opened to the grandiose plan of an eternity with Christ beyond this temporal life. Our eyes are revealed to the goodness of God in such a way that could only be induced by the sacrifice of fully giving away our current life in exchange for death which, in turn, actually brings us life through Jesus Christ himself.
Yet, when I meet many Christians of our day I find many who are not willing to knowingly give up their entire lives. There are a lot of “buts” to their faith.
“I’ll follow Jesus…but I have to get this job”
“I’ll follow Jesus…but I want to stay within my community of like-minded friends”
“I’ll follow Jesus…but I don’t want to be with people who look different from me”
The list goes on friends. It’s not a pretty message, but it’s one for anyone that has ears to listen. Know suffering in the form of dying to every portion of yourself and you will know God. No suffering conveyed through a retaining of oneself and life’s comfort and there will be no God.