One of the dangers of the Scriptures is that we have this nasty habit of divorcing the indicative from the imperative. I know, I know – stop using big words. But those are two words and concepts we need to get into our bloodstream before we quit living as Christians.
‘I’m Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired’
Maybe you’ve had this conversation with yourself a time or two. ‘Wow, that was a pretty challenging call to pray better [be more missional, more loving, more hospitable]. Too bad I don’t do any of that very well. And can I be honest? I’m getting pretty tired of hearing how much I’m not doing. I try hard but life is tough! I’m not very smart, I’m pretty scatter-brained, I’m not going to be the kind of person to just walk up and start telling people about Jesus.’ So we fight and flail for awhile trying to do what we’ve been told, but after a week – maybe a month – we find that we’re back where we were before – not praying much, not really loving people in real and substantive ways, and whatever it means to be ‘missional,’ well, we’re not doing that either.
Sound familiar? Yeah, me too. I don’t know of anyone who takes seriously Jesus’ call to follow him in all of life that doesn’t sometimes feel like they’re banging their head against a wall. The result is that we get tired of living with a headache so we either intentionally quit pursuing Jesus or we simply re-shape what it means to follow him until discipleship becomes perfectly-molded to things that come easy to us. How convenient…
How did this happen? Why do I always feel like a failure as a Christian? I thought this whole Jesus thing was about grace, anyways.