In Creating a Missional Culture, JR Woodward shares a great quote from GK Chesterton:
The more I considered Christianity, the more I found that while it has established a rule and order, the chief aim of that order was to give room for good things to run wild.
Would you describe your church as a place where good things run wild? Where the good ideas that poke their heads up are free to explore and grow and where they are nourished to maturity and fruitful ministry? Where the messy art of living is celebrated and fully engaged in His mission to restore and reconcile?
After exchanging his fastidiously law oriented life as a Pharisee for a wildly grace led adventure as a disciple of Jesus, the apostle Paul wrote that “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free!” I wonder if we fear the good and wild things of the Spirit to the point that we’ve exchanged being led by His Presence with us for coldly following His rules. While obedience to His written word is certainly not optional, is that really the full extent of the relationship God wants with us?
Could it be that the express, written commands handed down to us through generations of godly men and women are meant not to corral us, but to free us to live in rhythms that allow His song to resonate most deeply through our lives?
What if God wants to reveal Himself to humanity not through an army of compliant drones, but through a kingdom of priests? Will you take your place among the priests? Live a life that reflects God’s ideals AND shares His ideas.