Let’s just get one thing clear: I love scavenger hunts. They’re fun, they’re usually free, and they’re a great icebreaker to help us get to know one another better. Watching each of you guys slink around The Container Park looking for the best visualization of the clues we’d given you last Thursday, was the absolute best. I think the things that make scavenger hunts so fun is the search, the hunt, and the mystery they evoke.
Scavenger hunts require us to look more deeply into our environment, the others whom we’re learning about, and the subjects we’re investigating. They require us to ask questions and pause for a moment so that we can take in more than we initially observe with a quick glance. I have not been able to stop thinking about scavenger hunts, as you can tell…
Why? Because I think some of us Christians like scavenger hunts a little too much. I am a fan of mystery, and I’m pretty sure God is, too. After all, Proverbs 13:12 tells us, “It’s the Glory of God to conceal a matter, and the glory of kings (and queens 😉) to search it out.”
However, I think some of us enjoy scavenger hunts and secrets so much that we’ve hidden the fact that we’re actually Christians.
You know, you don’t have to be ashamed to be a Christian right?
I get that there are a lot of people who cause us to question God’s heart, and they can sometimes make us feel ashamed to be associated with them. BUT THAT’S THE REASON WE NEED TO BE BOLD ABOUT OUR FAITH! The word says, “Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples,” in John 13:35 NLT, and that makes me feel so good about following Jesus. Over the next few weeks, we’re going to unpack what love is and what love isn’t so that we can recognize that love sets up boundaries, can be present in the face of a disagreement, and pushes us outside of our comfort zone to connect with others who are different than we are in order to share it more effectively, among a ton of other things.
So, question: What have you done to love others more intentionally today? What have you said that draws our attention back to the God we serve and the love He gives? Are you going to make us go on a scavenger hunt through your life to find out if you love others well? And, if we go on that scavenger hunt, will we find signs that you’ve spent time with Jesus? Orrrr….will it show us something different. There’s no shame here. These are just questions to get us (you and me) thinking more carefully about the lives we live….
Our generation is all about authenticity. It’s time we actually show up and live lives that show what we believe-regardless of if it’s popular or not…Need some help? I get it. Drop a suggestion below to help us live with greater intentionality and deeper love than we have before.
I’ll start. I’m going to:
- do what I said I was going to do;
- take more responsibility for my actions, instead of always blaming others;
- and show a little more consideration for other peoples’ feelings by talking less and listening more.
For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile. (Romans 1:16)
Love You Much,Liv