In our High School Discipleship program, we are continuing on with our EPIC series by John Eldredge.
As you may remember from previous posts, John explains Christianity as a great story that we are living. He proposes that history’s great stories became great because they have the key elements of our story. He chooses to explain this concept within acts, looking at our faith as a type of screenplay.
Last night, we moved into “Act 4: The Kingdom Restored“. In this act, John reminds us that as Believers, this difficult story that we live with all its battles and challenges, does have an amazing ending. In the end the Kingdom will be restored and God has an amazing and wonderful reward waiting for us. We will live happily ever after!
Following this week’s clip, I felt led to speak to the students about some of what I have been working through over the past few weeks. Eldredge’s take on heaven and the end of our story seemed to fit with everything that has been taking place in my world.
As I think back over the past three weeks, I have moved from a high-energy mission experience into the loss of my father-in-law and then back up to leading a middle school canoe trip. All of sudden I’m back at work and I find myself trying to clearly remember yesterday!
It’s been a roller-coaster to say the least. I knew I had to give some sort of statement to assure the students that I was back into the swing of things.
I explained to the students that this time in my life has caused me to depend greatly on Christ and think deeply about my story as a Believer. Am I taking every opportunity? Am I just some church-guy who does the Jesus thing because I’m paid to? Am I just going through the motions of church-life or am I serious about my identity in Christ?
After searching my heart over the past couple weeks, I realize that I really am all in. I really want this Savior that I sing and talk about to rule my life. Furthermore, I want the students to feel the same zeal.
I tried to explain that I don’t want the students to get into a check-list Christianity. Keeping a tally of good deeds, church attendance and daily Bible reading isn’t a great story.
Now, don’t mistake what I’m trying to say. These are great things that we should be doing. Yet, living and acting in accordance to the Holy Spirit’s constant leading is a far more challenging and exciting!
Sometimes it takes a mix of excitement and tragedy to rock your core enough, to ask “am I fully embracing this story that has been written for me?“
I have attached yesterday’s EPIC clip “Act 4: The Kingdom Restored“, to give you a better understanding of what we discussed last night.
Have you ever got caught up into a check-list Christianity?