My name is Keith Giles. I love to write so that people can know Jesus and experience His life in their own.
So, I started this blog to help people understand who Jesus is, and how He reveals what the Father is really like.
This is a safe place to talk about all those questions you've had about the Bible, and Christianity. It's also a place to learn how to put the words of Jesus into practice.
Thursday, August 15, 2013
As much as I love the idea of “Home” the truth is I still
find it necessary to leave now and then. That’s normal. Some people have a fear
of the outdoors or the unknown and they end up spending their entire lives cut
off from the outside world. That’s not what we’re called to do. As followers of
Jesus, we are commanded to go out into all the world and to make disciples who
will follow Jesus and obey everything that Jesus commands. (See Mark 16:15)
Staying at home where it’s safe and comfortable isn’t an
option for us. Not if we’re serious about following Jesus and putting His words
into practice. This is part of our individual calling or mission. Jesus has
made each of us to be uniquely gifted and qualified to go. He’s strategically
placed each one of us to have the maximum impact on our world, on our street,
to our neighbors, in our workplace.
This means our lives are not accidental. We are who God
made us to be. We have the strengths, and even the weaknesses, that God placed
within us. We are created with a special purpose in mind, and the only way we
can truly discover what our mission and purpose is involves getting outside of
our comfort zones to go.
This doesn’t mean that everyone is an evangelist. Far
from it. Scripture is clear that:
“So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the
evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of
service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.” (Eph. 4:11-16)
“Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do
all work miracles? Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do
all interpret?” (1 Cor. 12:29-30)
The assumptive answer here is “No,” we do not all have
the same gifting or ability. That’s the point. None of us is expected to do it
all alone. We need one another. We need you. You need the rest of us. Together
we make up the Body of Christ in this world and act as His hands and His feet
at His command.
Sadly, some of us have found it easier to retreat from
the world and to create a Christian version of the world where we are safe and
comfortable. In this fantasy world we call the Christian Subculture, the only
way people on the outside can find their way in is if they come to us. We lower
the drawbridge on Easter and Christmas and we ask them to come over to where we
feel the most secure. But that’s not what Jesus commanded us to do. He not only
said to “go”, He also prayed that we would not be taken out of the world:
“My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but
that you protect them from the evil one.” (John 17:15)
Yet, our Christianized version of reality essentially
removes us from the world and prevents us from going out and taking the light
of the Gospel with us.
To fulfill our mission and follow Christ, then, we have
to leave home. We have to let go. We have to venture out into the unknown and
cling tightly to our Lord every step of the way as He leads us, and empowers
us, and helps us to bear fruit for His Kingdom.
“Truly I tell you,” Jesus said to them, “no one who has
left home or wife or brothers or sisters or parents or children for the sake of
the kingdom of God will fail to receive many times as much in this age, and in
the age to come eternal life.” (Luke 18:29-30)
“Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear
fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless
you remain in me.” (John 15:3-5)
Leaving home can be scary, but that's where life - and ministry - happens.