Friday, March 16, 2012
So it's like this: following Jesus leaves deep grooves in your life...in your heart, in your home, in your relationships, in your family...you name it.
Usually I shy away from analogies...but something just keeps coming back to me. Some time ago, Luke and I were moving a rather large item through our house, from the back door all the way through to the front door. It was huge and heavy--but it had wheels, so it seemed like it would roll on through and leave no mark behind. Well, not quite--we have the two indented, curvy little paths along our wood floor to prove it. Deep Grooves.
And the purpose behind the movement of this rather large item was Gospel-centerred. It was a small detail in the midst of many other details of the day working together to live out the Gospel in front of our community, our neighbors, our friends. It was a practical step that would help in our endeavors to love others, and to hopefully have an impact for the Gospel. But it left it's mark.
Really, it's a physical reminder to me that living out the Gospel in front of the people nearest to us isn't easy. It involves risk, self-sacrifice, "feeling the pinch." Sometimes it involves leaving everything you know and love in this world behind to reach people in a completely different country with the Gospel. Usually, it involves staying where you are, and loving Jesus in front of those people you see every day--adorning the Gospel, living out it's truths in a beautiful way, speaking the truth, giving up your time, your resources, your comfort zone. And why? Because Jesus is lovely, we love Jesus, and we want others to love Him too.
But it leaves its mark, its scar, its deep groove. And it's good.