Recently while staying at a friends house, I was playing with my daughter and their two daughters and I witnessed an interesting dichotomy. As I lay on the floor, tired from moving out of our house, the girls started running around me. I reached out, pretending to grab one of them which began an hour long game. As you might imagine, the game was simple, try to run past Brian without getting caught. Every time they would run past, they would scream with delight. The longer the game went, the more I became fascinated by what I saw happening. The eldest was the most daring, sometimes running right over my arm. The youngest, my daughter would barely get within reach before she would go running away. What became interesting to me was that for each of them, the fun was found in getting as close to the danger as possible without getting caught. Once in a while I would catch one and hold on for a bit before letting them go, but they kept coming back. The fun was found in living on the edge. Living near the danger. They didn’t want to get caught, but they couldn’t stay away from the danger. It was too fun.
I started thinking about what God might have had in mind when he created this innate desire to seek danger. I think some of us find adventure by trying to live as close to sin as possible. This seems to provide the thrill we are seeking. We ask the question, how far is too far. Working with college students means I get asked questions like, how much can I drink? or how far is too far with my boyfriend or girlfriend?
What if we utilized that desire to live out a different kind of adventure. What if we brought the gospel to these places? What if we went on a different adventure, a Jesus adventure. In Gary Haugen’s book “Just Courage” he suggests that many Christians are living safe lives, they are on the trip, but they are missing the adventure. He suggests seeking justice for the oppressed. In Francis Chan’s book, “Crazy Love” he suggests that following God is radically different than just following some rules for what we should and shouldn’t do. I agree. What if we started to go into the dangerous places. What if we gave more? What if we shared our faith more? What if we shared life with the people we would normally avoid?
What would happen if we lived like we couldn’t live without Jesus to helping us everyday?
Matthew 28:19-20 says:
18Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,20and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”