Greetings, David here
This week Rob wrote about a part of Jesus’ personality that we don’t spend a lot of time focusing on – the playful, disruptive and extravagant aspects of Jesus.
Jesus has come to give us life and that means being unafraid of joy, of lightness of spirit and of play. The war is real but life can’t always be lived on the front lines. Nor can it be lived in the playground. Life is about enjoying the ‘unforced rhythms of grace’ as The Message puts Matthew 11:29. Jesus says this happens when we come to him and learn from him. He was playful, but also focused, cunning, subversive, disruptive and free. He invites us to experience this “playful, disruptive, extravagant personality” (as John Eldredge puts it in his book, “Beautiful Outlaw”) by drawing near to him, trusting him and inviting his life to fill our life.
Disruptive – really? What is this all about? We all know that life can be disruptive. Often it is the ‘clangers’ of life that disrupt us and send us back to the drawing board or divert our course for a while or even for too long. There are many examples – the car breaking down again, the loss of a job, family issues, cancer, lost opportunities or regret. This list can be endless. The challenge we face is how we deal with these disruptions. Do we treat them as interruptions to life, or include them in the fabric of our own life. Timothy Keller talks about disruption of adversity this way:
Adversity is like a fire that – rather than destroying you – can refine, strengthen and beautify you.
Some questions for you to ponder:
1. How had Jesus disrupted your life recently?
2. What choices have you made about the disruption?
3. How are these choices shaping or refining you?
4. How will you weave this into your life?
5. What or who can help you with this?
6. Is there a courageous conversation you need to have?
7. What is your next step?
May you know this week that adversity, suffering and interruptions are all part of the art of disruption. Jesus was disruptive in his ministry. God has and will continue to disrupt your life as this is one way he builds your character to change you from where you are to where you need to be. May you embrace this disruption with patience, grace and joy.