If God really came here – into the mess – why is there so much confusion about how to relate to him? Why is religion such a controversial and clouded conversation?
That’s a fair question. I think we can attribute it to our innate ability to take the simple and make it so very complicated.
I genuinely believe that Jesus stepped down into the mess of our ignorance and brought instruction.
See Him as THE way to go and THE ultimate truth and THE only source of genuine life.
Believe that He will lead you, teach you, and be present in your life.
Know Him as the ultimate answer to the real questions of life.
“The essential thing ‘in heaven and earth’ is that there should be a long obedience in the same direction; there thereby results, and has always resulted in the long run, something which has made life worth living.” (Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil)
Smarter men than I have wrangled long with this idea, but the words strike a chord of soundness despite their strange source.
A long obedience in the same direction…
When we consider these words through the lens of a follower of Jesus, it seems like the underscore of Jesus’ call to “deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.” (Luke 9.23) He doesn’t just call us to embrace the hope of the gospel and in earnest obedience plunge into the waters of baptism only to come up and go on about life with a great cosmic advisor on speed dial when the sticky spots come along.
No, that thing to which we are called is a long obedience in the same direction—His direction. It is to follow Him every step of the way, to take the next step in obedience and the next and the next and the next and the next.
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