Zionic Acrobat

“How can we sum this up? All those people who didn’t seem interested in what God was doing actually embraced what God was doing as he straightened out their lives. And Israel, who seemed so interested in reading and talking about what God was doing, missed it. How could they miss it? Because instead of trusting God, they took over. They were absorbed in what they themselves were doing. They were so absorbed in their “God projects” that they didn’t notice God right in front of them, like a huge rock in the middle of the road. And so they stumbled into him and went sprawling. Isaiah (again!) gives us the metaphor for pulling this together: Careful! I’ve put a huge stone on the road to Mount Zion, a stone you can’t get around. But the stone is me! If you’re looking for me, you’ll find me on the way, not in the way.” [Romans 9:30-33 MSG]

My read this morning was spot on. Our Summer Challenge group is reading Not a Fan by Kyle Idleman, which is all about the concept of defining ourselves as either fans (enthusiastic admirers) or committed followers of Jesus.

I might be a fan. The stuff in Romans 9 sounds so much like me. I get so absorbed in reading and talking about Jesus things that I might miss the Jesus thing.

I like get a rock in the pit of my stomach when Paul says, “they took over” in contrast to trusting God. I feel like a fan more than a follower.

How do I make the transition to being for real then? How do I break free from the law of linearity into the law of liberty? The truth be told, I’m not exactly sure what my next steps should be. If it’s not enough to believe, but too much to focus on action, where does this acrobatic balance lie on the tight rope of life?

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