On Assignment

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.  I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.                                                                                                                                                                                    – John 10:10

It’s strange, I know, but Jesus seems to be saying in the above passage that it is possible to exist without ever really being alive.  It’s possible to breathe and eat and sleep and work without ever knowing the depth and meaning for which you were created to do all those things. 

I guess the question, then, is – what does the kind of life Jesus gives look like?  Is it a matter of saying “yes” to the right things and “no” to the wrong things?  Is it declaring a moratorium on beer, curse words, and R-rated movies? [1] Is it a matter of boycotting all the organizations that promote a liberal agenda?  What then?

If we look at all the other Gospel passages involving Jesus’ teaching it would seem that the life he offers is directly related to the assignment he has given his followers.  It has nothing to do with sin management, church attendance, volume of biblical knowledge, or how much you give.  Don’t get me wrong – everything I just listed is crucial for all Christians but not because such activities produce life.

I don’t think it’s a stretch to assume that everyone reading this eBlast would prefer to avoid mere existence for the adventure and thrill of real life.  If that’s you, I’m right there with you.  That’s why, this Sunday, we will address the “assignment” Jesus has given us and how that involves you, me, and Arcade Church. 

Hope to see you there.

Craig 

 PS: Men! An hour of prayer this Saturday night at 7:45 PM.  Bring a bud.  Not the beer – the friend.


[1] I was going to mention something about country music here but decided against it.  You’re welcome.

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