We used to play in the backyard as kids. Our conversation today is over coffee instead of kool-aid, but even 25 years later, he still looks pretty much the same. Still full of child-like energy and vitality, even with his own 3 year old son climbing all over his lap.
Our lives aren’t all that different on paper. He’s a church planter in another metropolitan US city. He’s got 3 kids, the two oldest girls and the youngest a boy.
But sometime in the next year or two, he’ll be leaving.
Uprooting his beautiful family, in perhaps the most developmentally vital years of their lives, and moving to a place so dangerous I can’t even mention him or their destination by name in this post. God has undeniably spoken and they’re compelled to respond.
My friend is part of an emerging organization called Live Dead, taking the gospel to unreached people groups across the globe no matter the cost.
I’d encourage you to take a minute to watch the video and browse the site. Not as a guilt trip. Not because I think you need to move to another country. Not to evoke a momentary emotional response. But as an honest challenge.
I believe you can enjoy life and be a follower of Jesus. I don’t believe it’s wrong to have a nice house, take a vacation, build a business, pursue a dream. But I do think we’re all called to live dead. Dead to ourselves. To listen to the voice of the Father over the instincts of our culture. To stop feasting at the table of self interest.
“The chosen ones of God were those who let God pursue his interest in them, and as a result received his stamp of legitimacy.” –Romans 11:7 MSG
Am I allowing God to pursue His interests in me? My family? My job? My dreams? My daily decisions? The trajectory of my life?
I don’t think you have to move to a foreign country to be a real follower of Jesus. But I do think you have to let go of some things. Like, all of them. To live in response to His leading. His interests in you. Right now where you are, or wherever he might ask you to go.
My friend Jim likes to remind me, “the problem with becoming a living sacrifice is that we tend to keep crawling off the altar.” I know I do. How about you? What would it look like for you to live dead?