This is the final part of a three part series that I’ve been writing about so definitely be sure to go back and check out part i and part ii if you haven’t already read those. It’ll take 10 minutes and it really paints a comprehensive picture of partnering our passions with God’s heart.
In part ii, I wrote about how our fearlessness and boldness in how we pursue our passions and the way we dream will be a witness of the radical life that God has called us to.
In order to do this we need to have a pioneering mentality. We have to be looking for creative ways to be trend setters. I’m not talking about being a trend setter for the sake of getting noticed. I’m talking about setting trends that reveal the heart and nature of God. We’re blazing new trails of what, “on earth as it is in Heaven” looks like.
A really close friend of mine, who’s also an incredible teacher, told me one time that you can’t be a pioneer by waiting in the back of the line playing it safe.
If you think about the people in the Bible who have the most radical testimonies of God’s love, it’s the people who got healed because of their brazenness. They got healed because they blazed a trail.
Think of the woman in Luke 8 with the issue of blood. Here is a woman who’s been bleeding for 12 years. There’s no doubt that after that amount of time with that condition that she would have been very weak and very deteriorated; but she pushed through the crowd with probably every ounce of strength that she had to the point where she’s crawling on the ground to touch the hem of Jesus’s robe and she gets instantly healed.
This would be like a frail elderly person trying to fight through a New York city sidewalk crowd at rush hour trying to get somewhere. It’s radical
Or the paralytic in Luke 5, who’s friends cut a hole in a ceiling to get him before Jesus; and he was healed. Radical action inspired by radical faith.
These people got healed because of their boldness. They knew that in that moment, it was full healing or nothing so they got radical in the way that they pursued it. They knew that if they didn’t get a touch from Jesus that they may never have the opportunity for healing again.
The people with the most radical, bold, unsafe acts of faith are the ones who ended up with the most powerful testimonies. Those people were pioneers. They weren’t in the back of the line waiting for something to happen, they pursued it.
They were unsafe because in their moment of boldness, it was Jesus or bust. They had no other option. They couldn’t go on in their current situation so they had to get before Jesus. They weren’t letting anything cap them because they knew what Jesus was capable of.
The activation of this three part blog series is this: What’s capping your creativity? What’s keeping you in the back of the line and from being a pioneer. What’s capping you from raising the bar on your creative vision?
It can be so many things; fear, bitterness, anger, pain, guilt, failure. But the answer will always be the same. It’s the gospel. The gospel will break everything off that’s keeping us from uncapping our creativity.
The answer is always the same, it’s the gospel.
Jesus didn’t die just so that we could be made perfect in the sight of God, that was just the qualifier. Jesus died so that we could dream as big as we want for the Kingdom and partner that vision with God’s.
If you have a passion or a dream, go for it! “I can’t (blank) because of (blank)”, doesn’t work as an excuse anymore because of the gospel.
The gospel isn’t just “the good news”, it’s the best news that we’re ever going to hear; and we need to embrace the fullness of what that means.
It’s time for christians to stop thinking so small and start dreaming big!