No. This isn’t a scare tactic. It’s real. In our Western society and way of thinking, we’ve been boldly convinced we don’t need this. And the crazy thing is we often think we’re not ignoring it because we can see a faux representative of it. But what is it?
Have you ever heard something like this? “You’ll have to excuse him, it’s just his personality to be emotionally aloof, socially offensive, and unapologetically jerk-ish.” We can agree that sometimes people use “personality” and personality tests as excuses to have poor character, yes? But is there any value in personality tests for Christians?
When God has you, every part of you, hold on tight. He’s going to take you for a ride. Eric Metaxas, in his biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer entitled, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy shows us what God can and will do through a person who surrenders his/her will at the feet of the cross. If you have not read this book, I plead with you to do so.
Rejoice! What causes you joy? What gives you the feeling that something great is happening or is going to happen? Is it football season? Is it your report card? Is it the bonus at the end of the fiscal quarter? Is it family gathering? Is it family dispersing? We may not use the word, rejoice, but it is present in our lives. What we rejoice about the most says a lot about what lies beneath the surface of our lives.
Jesus has a way of teaching us these things with great power and effectiveness. To teach this to the many people who were following Him when He was in the midst of His ministry, He sent 72 of them out into the towns of Israel to proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom and to heal the sick and lame.
The demands of daily life are enough alone to push us away from the path the Lord desires. Think back to when we were little children, how large and impossible these demands were to overcome. To us, having to take a nap was the end of the world. Yet as we got older we realized how petty that really was. Now we look back and long for those days, wishing we could just nap and have time to just shut down from the outside world.