The life of a disciple of Jesus is always on the grow. If we commit to follow Jesus around through life it means we will never settle into a way of thinking or being, never retire and ever be on the look out for ways and means to share our experience, strength and hope, even as we continue to gather all that in through staying on the grow with Jesus. If we ever come to think we know all there is of what Jesus has to teach us or, that we have in us all of him he means for us to have, we will soon find that what we have has been transformed into an idol that bears a striking, uncanny resemblance to our own selves.
We keep moving on because he does. Every day will bring new people into our lives, new opportunities to apply what we know, situations that stretch us beyond what we know-where he can grow us further. It’s an amazing journey that he calls us on. The past is gone. Whatever we have done for him and with him is gone. There is only this day with these ones, staying as close to him as we possibly can so that when he whispers to us just what to do in this right now we will be able to hear him-and zig or zag according to his call and counsel. That sounds more than a bit adventurous, doesn’t it? I am not the man I used to be, and by God I will not be the man I am today. Onward and upward-for Christ’s sake-and mine!
The only reason to move on in our thinking or actions is because he keeps moving on. And if we want to stay with him for the adventure of our lifetimes, we will too. I’m in! You?