You were made for more.

You’ve felt that, at various times over your adult lifetime. Sometimes it was whispered to you in the middle of a season of difficulty; a time when you felt like you were trying to run a marathon in a field of quicksand. Occasionally, it was the spiritual text message coming through while people around you were celebrating what they saw as one of your crowning achievements, but the satisfaction meter on your emotional dashboard was hardly registering. You were made for more…

Around the evangelical universe, you’ve known what it means to be segregated between the clergy – the elites, with a calling – and the laity – the multitude, with a reserved seat in the auditorium. The leaders hear from God and know the part they play; the members bring their envelopes (weekly), and their lost friends (occasionally), so that they can respond to the invitation, join the community… and find their place alongside you in the pew. You were made for more…

Thank you, Jesus, for the evangelical movement that has kept the Gospel front-and-center and has introduced lots of lost people to the Giver of Life. He summarized God’s mission to Nicodemus, the religious leader who had no spiritual clue: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16).

That’s why He came; how did you – and, I – receive that “eternal life?” Paul told his story, your story and my story: “At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit…” (Titus 3:3-5). Eternal life; saved; sure of Heaven; what now? You were made for more…

Born again: a human adult becomes a spiritual infant, but growing up is not a natural process that happens passively. Instead, it’s a supernatural process that requires informed proactivity.

What does it mean to be a spiritual grown-up? A key part of that maturation is gaining insight about that haunting truth from the Holy Spirit in you: You were, in fact, made for more.

Who gets to hear the answer to that longing? Using the New Testament Epistles – written to the followers of Jesus – as the only good source: that revelation is reserved for those who have made themselves worthy. “As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.” (Ephesians 4:1). “Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ,” (Philippians 1:27) “so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God…”(Colossians 1:10). “With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling…” (2 Thessalonians 1:11).

Spiritual adolescents – the crazy teenagers in the family of God who don’t know how to discipline themselves among the grown-ups – may never receive their orders. Heaven waits patiently for God’s daughters and sons to prove that they understand the gravity of their assignments and the urgency of their mortality; once their credibility is reasonable, the next steps of faith are revealed. Risk is always attached (remember: no risk present, no faith required); many step-back and opt- out.

Except those who realize that they were made for more..and nothing short of that high-risk/high-adventure life will satisfy their holy longings…

You started with the Gift of Life. Your next discovery is the Path of Life. What’s that? Tune in next Monday for more…

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