You see, we really only have two options: flee from the world behind locked doors, or engage the world from faith, hope and love in the power of the Holy Spirit. If we decide to live as a blessing to the world, like Jesus did, then we shouldn’t be surprised if we encounter suffering as we proclaim God’s peace. For no disciple is greater than his teacher, and if Jesus suffered for the sake of the world, we will suffer as well. Some might want a safe God, a God made-to-order, but this kind of God never inspires awe, worship or sacrifice.
JR Woodward, “Creating a Missional Culture: Equipping the Church for the Sake of the World” page 125.
Every now and then I enjoy McDonalds.
Don’t judge me…
I walk up to the counter, order my supersized Big Mac’ value meal and I customize it. I hate pickles, they are gross. And I hate onions because they are also gross. So I tell the ‘doesn’t get enough credit for what they do’ fast food worker to hold off on the grossness.
They make my customized burger and I enjoy it.
We are used to customizing things for our benefit. So, why wouldn’t we do the same with the God we worship. Sometimes we do it on purpose. Sometimes we don’t really know that we are doing it in the first place.
When we engage our culture and neighbourhood’s may we be grounded in our God who inspires awe, worship and sacrifice.
Don’t attempt to customize God. Explore the mystery of who God is, and what God is doing in your particular place and time.
What is the difference between customizing God and exploring who God is? What are the implications?