I feel like there is a natural end to what we’ve been talking about this week.
We’ve been looking at what we should do and how we know if it ‘counts’. We’ve looked at how we should start to shape our lifestyle related to compassion. But there is one very obvious question that I’m sure you’ve thought of.
How much of this do I have to do?
Common, you’ve wondered.
You want to check it off your list, “yup I’ve doing all my required compassion work to be a good Christian. 3 volunteer opportunities a month. Done and done!”
Maybe it’s not that direct. Maybe it’s “I don’t have any time. How much of this do I NEED to do to be ok?”
It seems like the logical finish to this week.
The problem is that is topic is crazy complicated.
We can talk about seasons of life, the calling God has placed on you, how engaged you are now, etc.
We can talk about what Jesus has said when it comes to the great commission to go out and make disciples (Matthew 28:16-20), we can talk about forgiving 70 times 7 (Matthew 18:22), etc.
Here’s my take, do with it what you want.
I think in general we don’t do enough. We’ll talk about why we don’t in the future but I think we usually don’t. I think if you’re anything like me you’re on a journey to see how this all works practically in your life. That’s a growing process.
I started out wanting to volunteer more and build more relationships. Then recently I sat down with my wife, feeling like we did at the start. Like we were missing God and not living in community the way God had called us.
The funny thing is that we were still doing all the things we decided to start doing at the beginning of this process. We were doing all the things we thought that if we did we’d have it all sorted.
We’d be loving enough, giving enough, serving enough.
But as we did it we found it only depend our commitment or sense of need to do it more.
Peter Rollins has a parable where Jesus meets a group of followers. I’m paraphrasing here but the story goes that this group is known for going above and beyond. As opposed to the rule of the day where they had to carry the pack of a Roman Officer for one mile if asked this group would carry it two.
The parable ends with Jesus saying “I’m so sorry you misunderstood. If your rule is to carry their pack 2 miles then I’m calling you to carry it 3.”
Ultimately Jesus is always calling us into more. Into deeper relationship, stronger community, and more of Him. Little by little we need to give it all over.
So are you doing enough? Probably not, but that’s ok neither am I.
You and I are on a journey together to be more engaged with the call Jesus placed on everyone one of His followers. That’s why I created this space. That’s what this space is about.
Don’t be discouraged that you’re not there yet. Be encouraged that there is more of Jesus to find, that He still has more for you and more your life can be.