I've been reading "God's Generals II: The Roaring Reformers" by Roberts Liardon. This is an amazing book chronicling the lives of John Wycliffe, John Hus, Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Knox, and George Fox.
These guys were radical...they were burned with an understanding of the scripture, and they stood resolute in the face of hypocrisy, deception, and persecution. One thing that I'm learning from this stuff is that I can no longer just be an echo. I read a lot, listen to many speakers talk about a variety of subjects...but I'm finding that if these things that I read and hear do not provoke me to action in my own life, they're useless.
At the end of the day, if the message that we heard about justice, love, or the reality of God doesn't cause me to seek God MYSELF, I'm just letting my ears be tickled. I like hearing this stuff. I like hearing stuff that is challenging. But, I don't particularly enjoy paying the cost of knowing it for myself. Its one thing to listen to a speaker speak on something and me nodding my head, a whole different ball game when that topic begins burning in my heart from my own experience.
There is a grace to move from being an echo to a voice, but is there a generation that is willing to the cost to have that intimacy with Jesus? Dang it, He's so much bigger and more worth it than we could possible begin to understand. He's bigger than our career, He's bigger than our studies, He's better than any pleasure on this earth, He's more beautiful than anything...
I can't be led by my fears, I can't be restricted by own boxes, I can't be chained by these expectations...just gotta run.
If you want it, come and get it, for crying out loud
The love I have for you, is never in doubt
Let go of your heart, let go of your head
And feel it now
Don't you want it?