This summer I’m teaching the Wednesday night class for my youth group. We’re discussing “The Secret Message of Jesus” by Brian McLaren – one of my favorite books. (Sidenote: I’m also teaching the adults on Sunday Morning. In that class, I’m teaching on Mark Batterson’s “In a Pit with a Lion” – a good book, but not nearly as challenging as SMOJ.)Tonight we’re talking about our respective journeys – where we’ve been, where we are and where we think we’re going. The point of this discussion is to help them understand that the way we think of and communicate Jesus is based upon where we are on our journey. If we can recognize and appreciate this, it will dramatically change (for the better) the way we share our faith with those around us.
Many Christians have this idea that there is one way – their way – into a life-changing faith. That simply isn’t so, and to try to pull people off of their journey and onto a similar or identical journey is harmful and, I believe, wrong. Rather, we should come along side people, encouraging them on their journey while sharing our personal experience and insights.
So let me ask you. What’s your journey look like? Where have you been? Where are you? Where are you going? How does your journey color the way you think about Jesus?
(Just in case: I’m not preaching relativism; I’m preaching a big God who keeps His promises. Jesus promises that all who seek for truth will find it (Matt. 6:33) and in Heb. 11:6, the writer assures that God rewards those who earnestly seek Him.)