Growing up, I believed God and my dad were fun suckers. I thought they were boring. I am sure you have never felt that way. You are probably read 5 chapters of the Bible a day since you were born. Not me. The people in my church seemed to live boring lives, God wanted me to sing 150 year old songs with words and didn’t understand, and listen to preachers talk about the Bible I didn’t understand. If church is boring then God is boring.
The rules that made me hate church. You could play games with one dice but not two, you could not watch R rated movies unless they are about Jesus, all non christian music is bad, sex is bad, sin is bad. Then I watched some of those movies, listened to a lot of the music, and my friends told me I was missing out when it came to sex. What I learned might shock you… Sin is FUN! If you didn’t have fun then you didn’t do it right… Ever hear a pastor say that before? If sin is fun and God is boring, who wouldn’t choose sin?
Then without reading or knowing this verse existed I lived it’s meaning…
Galatians 6:7 Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. 8 Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. (emphasis mine)
I learned that fun sin had horrible consequences. I watched my friends who I wanted to be like have their lives spiral right in front of them. I didn’t want boring and I didn’t want consequences, so now what is left.
Then a couple years later I experienced this next part of this chapter…
8b But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. 9 So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.
Since following Jesus I have been on multiple missions trips on four continents, led people to Jesus right in an airport, help addicts get clean, give all my money in faith, give away cars I couldn’t afford to replace, baptize hundreds of people… Following Jesus is the most non boring thing a person can do! My spirit is alive and doing good is more than just following rules, but walking in faith to see God do what I cannot do on my own.
So what are you living to satisfy? The hunger of your flesh or your spirit? What can you do today to feed your sprit and live the not boring adventure God has for you? But I charge you to not read this and do nothing… DO SOMETHING IN JESUS NAME!!!
Recklessly, obsessively following Jesus