“i tried to write a song, and keep it 3 minutes long
get in, get out, nobody gets hurt..”

~ excerpted from “3-minute song”.. by josh wilson

A consequence of thinking within the confines of a box is nobody getting hurt.

Now, sure.. nobody getting hurt sounds — on the surface — like a good thing. A very good thing. But we’ve not been called to a life of safety and comfort. We have, instead, been called to take up our cross daily and follow Jesus. He didn’t live in every comfort. He didn’t live the safest life.

Jesus said, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it. What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?” [Matthew 16:24-26, NIV]

I think that.. to try to define God and think of Him only within certain guidelines has side-effects that we often don’t consider. It causes us to live without chasing after God, because we think of Him as being on the sidelines rather than being actively involved in our lives.

If we keep Him in a box though, we somehow think we will not have the discomforts that might come with a life lived in His pursuit. We think we won’t get hurt. That is so limiting and.. boring.

Think of the abundant life Jesus came to give us [John 10:10]. There’s no guarantee that nobody will get hurt.. but you can be sure that it will be so rewarding. And a life lived honestly following after the One who came to save us is never boring. It’s never fully describable, because to be always following Christ means we’re constantly learning more and drawing closer and closer to Him.

[You can read part one of my thoughts stemming from Josh Wilson’s “3 Minute Song” here.]