Audacious in 2012!
When I think of being audacious for God, I also have to ask, “What does that look like today?” For Joshua and the Israelites standing on the banks of the Jordan, it meant crossing over into this mysterious place that the former generation ran from. But what does a lionhearted lifestyle look like for me today?
I’m guessing it’s all quite different for each one of us. The one thing in common, however, is that being audacious means you push through your fears to step into what’s much better on the other side. So maybe a really good question to ask is simply this: “What fear do I live with that requires Holy Spirit courage to overcome?”
Fear puts us in boxes that we weren’t meant to live in. Fear keeps us on the east side of the Jordan when we supposed to be on the west. Fear reduces our potential to the weakest portion of our human ability. Fear says “survive” while audaciousness says “thrive!”
What a difference between the two!
Our Jordan River could be so many different things, but they keep us from stepping into and living daily in the best that God has for us.
- We settle for religion instead of a vibrant relationship with the living God.
- We live for personal pleasure instead of risking it all for God’s great cause.
- We revert to reasonable faith instead of a crazy faith that requires all of us every day.
- We create churches that are safe havens instead of vibrant communities filled with world-changers.
- We pad our bank accounts or spend liberally rather than invest in eternal things that will change lives.
All of these things take audacious lionhearted faith accompanied by radical action as a lifestyle. It’s fairly easy to have a theoretical Christianity. Audaciousness lives it like the risk-takers recorded in Scripture.
- It’s what honors God.
- It’s what rocks our world.
- It’s what makes you the real deal.
- It’s what God is calling us to.