Have you ever had someone disrupt your plans? Make you question your long-held beliefs? Inconvenience you? I’ve never responded very well when that happens. Often times, I’ll settle into a belief just to AVOID having to think about it too much. I certainly don’t want to have to put time and energy into thinking about it for a second time.
As I get older, it seems to get worse. People have talked about becoming “set in your ways”. I’m here as a witness to speak to the truth in that statement. However, some of the best things I’ve learned are the ones I’ve had to re-learn.
When Jesus came, he flipped the establishment on it’s head. Everything they’d always thought to be true was in question. Can you imagine how intimidating and frustrating that must have been? I mean, a slight variation in the car-rider line routine is enough to send most people over the edge; much less their beliefs about humankind and how we’re to live in the here and where we’ll be in the after.
I’ve found that as I’ve grown in Christ, He continues to challenge me on ideas I thought I’d settled long ago. It’s not comfortable but it is an indication that He’s still working. I think the truly scary time would come when I feel like I’ve nothing left to learn. Maybe we can just all agree to join in together in a state of uncomfortable perpetuity for the cause of Christ. And maybe that’s what Jesus meant by “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done “.
And when they could not find them, they dragged Jason and some of the brothers before the city authorities, shouting, “These men who have turned the world upside down have come here also, and Jason has received them, and they are all acting against the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, Jesus.”
Acts 17:6-7 ESV