Adventure

This post should be about Glee, but it's not. It's about another thing that starts with "G" and is awesome--the Great Commission. If you wanted a post about winsome musical comedies, sorry. I promise I'll get around to Glee eventually and soon. I have a music crush on the woman who plays Rachel Berry.

For now, I want to talk about the Great Commission as a way of understanding the world and the primary means of acquiring the adventure and significance that we so desire as humans. Many thanks to Joey Tombrella who helped me to crystallize this idea and to Jaimie Krycho who pointed out the inadequacies in my previous post.

In Joey's discussion of the Great Commission( that's Matthew 28:18-20 for those of you who speak Christian as a second language), he reminded us that God has provided a means to fulfill our desire to take a risk and do something that matters. We needn't manufacture adventure on our own; it can be found in being obedient to Christ and making disciples. I was deeply encouraged by the idea that true discipleship is not boring.

Obviously, actually fulfilling the Great Commission is no easy task, but perhaps, that's part of the appeal. I, Brian Burns-- occasional writer of small-town journalism and tutor of math students--could do something really important. I could contend for the glory of God and the souls of men. That's astounding. That's the second most astounding thing in the world after the cross, which creates difficulties.

The notion of actually making disciples, actually spending time with other people for the purpose of teaching them to know, love and obey the transcendent God of all things is difficult for us to comprehend. However, going to church once a month and inviting others to perhaps do the same is not. That we understand, and in some cases, that we do.

But that's not an adventure. There's no cosmic battle there. There's none of the gravity of grappling with sin in our own lives and offering true life to a dying world. That might be why so many Christians, myself included of late, are unfulfilled; we are not making use of God's means of fulfillment.

As for me, I want to be an adventurer again.

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