I contend that life with Jesus is the best. I also contend that in complete opposition to the view that living God’s way is lame, tame and dumb it is anything but.
A new roller coaster opened this year not too far away and it is stirring quite the buzz. One review read: Outlaw Run is amazing! It packs more action into each foot of track than I think almost any other roller coaster in the world! I sense from those words a bit of excitement and appreciation for this coaster which is great. What I wondered by way of comparison was what would a typical review of the Christian life look like? Would living God’s way rate an “amazing!”? Or would walking with Jesus get something like “He packs more action into each foot of track than I think almost any other in the world!”?
God’s people have taken on giants, defeated armies, been visited by angels and talked to by God. They have walked out of jails meant to hold them. They have held on when others meant to crush them. They have been enriched by the presence of God.
Paul has this prayer in Ephesians 1:19-20:
I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.
See that? God’s power is there for His people. What would that be like? The Creator Who spoke and this immense universe spun into being has power for us? That exceeds the normal expectation of having breakfast and getting through another day or another week or another year. “The incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him.” I wonder if that power is more amazing than a roller coaster ride? Sure it is, even if there are those who see God’s way as lame, tame and dumb.
And one thing is for sure. A person who only watches from the sidelines will never have the thrills of one who gets into the roller coaster car with their whole body and goes for a ride. The same is true of God’s way. A person who only watches from the sidelines will never have the thrills of one who commits with their whole mind, body and soul and goes for the ride. Lame, tame and dumb flies out of the car on the first turn and then its hang on.