I’m a teacher, a youth leader, a veteran, a single, an envelope-pusher, a child of divorce, a former depression victim, and (one day, I hope) an author. But I’m mostly a lump of clay in a Potter’s hands, molded and shaped, like it or not. I’m learning the gap between life that “looks spiritual” and life where Jesus is truly invited in to dwell. It’s a world of difference, a planet’s worth of ground between parched and peaceful.
“Millennial” (n.): An individual born from 1982-2004.
The millennial generation is one that, I believe, has lost the Jesus of the Bible. We already know the world would hide Him from us. But there’s so much religion out there, so much half-baked and wishful teaching that’s not based on God’s Word, that it ends up accomplishing the same thing. We end up with, in the words of George MacDonald, “…a false Christ, hard to exorcise!”
One night of the evening news exposes us as a generation in desperate need of Jesus – as he truly is. I want this. I want the life that he offers.
“Everyone who drinks from this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:13)
You could probably say the same. I have a passion for digging deep for these treasures hidden in the fields of our world, and sharing them with my brothers and sisters.
But there will be a cost to finding this life.
That’s not something we want to hear. A lot of energy in the mind of the average Christian is spent subtly, even unconsciously, haggling with God as to the cost we’re willing to pay. Jesus says that we’ll never find life that way. And he uses some pretty extreme words to get his point across. Losing our lives, putting him before family and friends, walking right into persecution…the cost is made clear. But Jesus doesn’t seem to think of it as an inconvenience, but as the difference between a parched existence and eternal life. In his eyes, it’s worth it.
We should also be prepared to hear things we’ve heard before. I know that in my own heart, I tend to get bored of the same old Scriptures and conclude that God’s truth must be something new. That isn’t always the case. There’s great value in tradition, and the Bible doesn’t seem to have a problem repeating things. Whatever form the truth may take, it never really changes, because Jesus doesn’t. We should treasure the ancients and the knowledge that God gave them.
I could keep my mouth shut about what he’s taught me. I could dodge the dangers of being wrong about things, avoid all the pretensions of knowing something – under the guise of humility, of course. What do you think you know, Brandon? You’re 32.
But God doesn’t see us that way. He tells us we are “more than conquerors through him who loved us”. We should live as if we believe that. He calls us to do so, to leap beyond our own perceived boundaries and live for him. If God can use this lump to help anyone, then I want him to do it. That is exactly how he loves to operate.