Huge dream. Big plans. Complete outline. Clear structure.
That’s what I was thinking when I started working on the idea for this website. But that’s not how it’s starting.
Instead, we are starting where most people started following Jesus. With a small, simple, uncertain but curious turning toward him.
People do get way more focused, way more committed, way more understanding in time. In fact, the title of the post comes from Paul, writing in the book of Philippians:
But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:13-14)
And I know. Those two verses raise many questions. What’s the goal? and what’s the prize? And does that mean this is a race? And who are we competing with?
There are lots of verses that provoke lots of questions throughout the Bible. But the starting point in following isn’t always with the Bible.
It’s with following Jesus.
A quick story to start the year.
John the Baptizer is with his followers. (John 1:35-30) Jesus walks by. John says, “Look, the Lamb of God.” Two of the followers start walking behind Jesus, literally following him. He turns around and says, “What do you want?” They say, “Rabbi, where are you staying?” He says, “come and you will see.”
And they spend the day talking with him.
What if that is our one thing? What if the one thing that we wanted to do, that we focused on, that we committed ourselves to doing, was to see where Jesus lives?
Not that we’ll be there. Not that we will always stay focused. But what if we set about following Jesus?
Would he say, “What do you want?” And what would we say?
This was the first 300 words post at this site, published January 1, 2009.