Every day like the one before - the same faces, the same deadlines, the same plotlines in the same TV shows. Reluctantly pulling back the sheets on a Sunday after the fifth snooze and vacantly scrolling social feeds. Arriving at church to mouth the lyrics of songs without contemplating their meaning. The heat of a once passionate faith cooling with every decision to choose the phone instead of the dusty bible it’s placed on. Gently lulled by the world to continue on in the comfort of our patterns. Wasting time, opportunity and purpose.
We must stop and question: Is this the life we were created to live?
Perhaps we get woken from our reverie by an inspirational talk about tepid-living and radical Jesus-following. We endeavour to abandon all routine, comfort and normality in the hope of experiencing this abundant life of contentment on offer in John 10. We look for full-time ministry positions, vow to sell all our possessions, or embark on far-flung mission trips in an attempt to achieve this state of ‘zen’ fulfilment we think Jesus is referring to. But the remedy to rouse us from sleep-walking through our Christian lives isn’t found on the other side of the world, just as fulfilled living doesn’t hinge on our contrived efforts to attain it.
Jesus’ life on earth was one of richness in the everyday. He never traveled more than 200 miles from the place He was born, yet He was able to glorify His Father in every single thought, word and action of His life. How? His life was an outpouring of His identity. As Christians, we share that identity. Life’s fullness is found in knowing Jesus and knowing who we are in Him. It is this reality that has the power to transform our everyday living.
C. S. Lewis puts it in black and white. If we truly believe that Jesus is who He says He is, it changes everything. Gratitude, humility, praise and love overflow from our hearts to influence our decisions and priorities, we find contentment in any season and we rest in knowing that the work of our ultimate fulfilment has already been completed for us. Our perspective shifts and each day is a new opportunity to glorify God by living distinctively within our contexts and showing the people around us where true joy and hope is found. We don’t need to abandon our jobs and journey to the other side of the world to live fulfilled Christian lives - we need to embrace and live out the identity we already have, here, at home.
Centring our lives on another feels unnatural, so tepidity and spiritual indifference easily creep in. Regaining an enduring heat, a persistent passion and a life fully devoted to Jesus can only happen when our hearts are re-broken for what breaks His, when our gaze is refocused on the cross and when we wake up to truly take hold of what it means to be a Christian.