Read the Bible and you’ll see that people who follow God with their whole heart live passionate, adventurous, satisfying lives. They lead armies and perform miracles and confront great evils. They don’t sit on their hands and organize tea parties—they change the world. As a pastor, I look at our lives and I wonder—why aren’t we more like that?
Why is it that wherever the apostle Paul went, a riot broke out, but wherever we go they serve coffee? It seems that we have domesticated the Christian faith. We’ve made it a tame, acceptable, culturally relevant lifestyle choice.
Following Jesus is not that, really. It’s not a lifestyle choice; it’s a reorientation of your way of thinking about God, yourself, and the world around you. Far from being culturally acceptable, authentic Christians have nearly always challenged the dominant culture around them.
Have you ever wondered what your life would look like if you completely abandoned yourself to following Jesus, no matter where it would lead or what it would cost? What would happen if you stopped caring what other people think and lived to please God alone.
What if you examined every decision—every spending choice, every relationship, every option for what to do with your day off or what to watch on TV or whom to respect—according to what pleases God rather than what will advance your career or make other people think you’re hot?
It would be more exciting than sitting around Starbucks, I’ll promise you that.