Remember those Choose Your Own Adventure® books? I loved those books! I never chose the right option, though, which makes my love for those books even more ridiculous. I never once remember making it out of the jungle alive. The evil thieves push me out of an airplane, without a parachute. Or I “eagerly step inside and have only a moment’s awareness that it is the den of a saber-tooth tiger….” You think that I would have given up after dying so often, but something about those books truly drew me in. It was the adventure that did it. Those books enabled me to create my own possibilities.
The Kingdom of God is like a Choose Your Own Adventure book. You are drawn into a story that could bring tragedy or heroism. Every path leads to adventure and all paths lead to purpose, fulfillment, and serving God.
I’m convinced that this is what following Jesus is like. With Jesus, we get to create opportunities for adventure. God gives us moments, situations, and contexts where our faith is going to be stretched.
I remember successfully evading speech class in high school. Speaking in front of people terrified me. Just a few short years later, I wrapped up my communications degree and I now speak to teenagers regularly each week. Were you to tell me in high school that this path was in the cards for me, I would have laughed in your face.
There is so much to it, but in the end, following Jesus is an adventure. He creates opportunities for you to join in building the Kingdom that you never would have anticipated. Regardless of whether a situation presents obstacles or clear paths, we always have the choice to view our context as a way to create more of God’s Kingdom visible to the rest of the world.