When I preached my first sermon at age 16, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Now, 17 years later, I have experienced an unexplainable amount of joy, pain, stress, and awe. I’ve learned priceless lessons about God, people, and the way this world works. It has been an unbelievable adventure. But there is one observation through the years that has stood the test of time.
From Adam and Eve’s temptation and fall, through the birth of the New Testament church, and to today remains the idea that there is something better than God’s design. The person who outright rejects God’s existence, and his relationship to what He has created does so out of the idea that they know better, and that they have the key to something more sufficient for their life than God’s way. The modern Christian battles with the same temptation as the idol-building Hebrews of the Old Testament and the New Testament believers during seasons of mass persecution. Is God’s way the best way? Did God really say this? Why would God say these things, or allow this or that? Is following God worth it?
“When we trade the unfettered, faith-filled adventure of following Christ each day for the misplaced fear, insecurity, shame, and ego of our “independence” we place our hope for the future in a false economy.”
My focus is becoming increasingly centered on this battle. Part of the fallout of idolatry is the transaction that takes place between the individual and the tempter. When Adam and Eve fell, they traded walking with God and having every need met every day without any fear or shame. What they received was the work of providing for themselves, and being continuously concerned with whether or not they, and those they would be caring for, would survive at all. Their faith in God’s provision was all but removed. Some trade.
Within the realm of men’s ministry, the fallout is the same. When we trade the unfettered, faith-filled adventure of following Christ each day for the misplaced fear, insecurity, shame, and ego of our “independence”, we place our hope for the future in a false-economy. We trade the greatest adventure for the comfort of our own understanding. C.S. Lewis put it this way,
“We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at sea. We are far too easily pleased.” C.S. Lewis The Weight of Glory
Because of all of this, I’ve designed the Living the Greatest Adventure Conference. The mission is to help you see what you are trading the Greatest Adventure mankind has ever known for, attack that soul-sucking issue, and help you experience a fresh motivation for leadership, worship, and growing closer to God.
In 2017, 21 men joined us for worship, fellowship, service, and learning. It was an incredible time. This year, we want to expand this mission exponentially. You can join us for this year’s event in Potosi, MO. Register here.