In a hyper-active world how do we live like Christ? Is Jesus wearing Nike trainers and sprinting around the globe desperately building His brand, fearful that some other pretender will take His market share?
I think not.
The pace of grace is not breakneck. The only neck spoken of in relation to the way of Jesus is the one on which He longs to place an easy yoke.
“Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:29–30 KJV)
Vaynerchukianism may urge you to be everywhere all the time and become everything to everyone. All power to his disciples. It’s not for me.
Muskism may conquer the known universe, but if I were to follow his way, I think I’d lose my soul down the drain.
I’m not saying anyone else is wrong here. Just what’s wrong for me.
Peaceful obscurity seems a more life-affirming option.
This doesn’t mean skulking in insecure shadows and never speaking up. It simply means focusing on what really matters regardless of the noisy world outside the window, or screaming from the screens.
By nature, I’m an action taker. Passive resignation is not the way of peace, any more than rabid aspiration. It’s just that our actions must be tempered by truth.
I spend much of my day encouraging Christians to stand up, stand out, and share their worth and message with the world.
The problem arises when ambition steps in and begins to set the scoreboard.
More, bigger, faster, richer.
Metrics designed with cynical delight aimed to enhance your inadequacy.
Because in that world more is never enough, fast is too slow by far, and rich is a slippery scale.
You are enough!
Jesus did not just die for who you might become. He died and delighted to do so, for the scruffy unfinished product you already are. He wants to walk with you today, not just when you shape up.
The devil wants your eye on tomorrow. A tantalizingly out-of-reach tomorrow filled with all of the things you think you want and need.
And when you arrive and hold those things in your hand, the goalposts will move. I’ve seen it a thousand times in my life, and have decided it’s time to sack my ambitions and follow the call of Christ more closely.
His is the way of unhurried peace. I wonder where the path will lead?