Acts 17. I memorized it weeks ago, I wrote this weeks ago, but I’m still contemplating it.
“What shall we do? They who have turned the world UPSIDE DOWN are come here also!”
What consternation and dismay. The rulers of the city were troubled. Things changed when Paul came to town. He had a goal and he lived his mission.
We don’t see this today. I can’t remember a time in my life when one man was known as a world-flipper.
There were just a few of them in comparison to the population of the world and yet, they took the gospel to the world in just a few short years.
We don’t come anywhere close. Sure the world’s population has grown…. But so has the church; so has the amount of people who call themselves Christians.
Why are we not living lives of power like the apostles did?
There is no reason why Christianity cannot encompass every part of us and every area of life. There is no reason why Christianity cannot be who we are instead of what we do.
God has not changed after all.
So what has changed?
We’ve settled for an average Christianity and an average God.
We’ve compromised with the world and it has weakened us (as compromise always does).
We’ve stopped actively working for souls and expected others to do all the work.
We’ve lost the desire to know God and the zeal to pursue Him.
We’ve become immersed in ourselves instead of the cross.
The church has settled for a lukewarm, mere existence.
But it doesn’t have to be this way.
In every generation there are a few.
A few who are willing to live lives of true Christianity.
A few who are willing to abandon, surrender, everything to their Creator.
A few who are willing to be despised and scorned because they change the world.
The upside-down world of Paul was really right side up.
And ours? It’s really upside down.
I’m not satisfied with this.
I’m not satisfied with mere existence, with an average Christianity, and with a ‘average God’. Henri Nouwen said that “to live and work for the glory of God cannot remain an idea about which we think once in a while. It must become an interior, unceasing doxology.”
Christianity is not something we do: it’s something we are and it’s what we live.
And it’s what I seek to live.