An instructive observation about the narrative stories of faith recorded in the Bible is that every single one without exception has nothing to do with achieving success in a worldly sense. There is not a single storyline in a God-composed life-script that chronicles a pathway, no matter how admirable and commendable in keeping with the “Protestant work ethic,” to worldly success, wealth, personal renown, and comfortable security (Lk. 12:16-21).
On the contrary, every biblical narrative story of faith is located at the elevated level of an adventure of faith far above the conventionally normative plans of everyday life. It is not that God dismisses these aspirations and responsibilities as unimportant…”your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things” (Lk. 12:30). It is simply that in a totally committed adventure of faith God has all of the practical necessities of life factored into the equation that will produce a divinely elevated outcome (Phil. 4:13). This applies equally to Christian medical missionary doctors in the Amazon rainforest, Christian CEO’s of Fortune 500 companies, highly paid professional athletes, and to the elementary school janitor with a wife and two kids struggling to make ends meet.
Jesus did not die on the cross to give us lives of horizontally conventional normalcy (Rom. 6:3-4). The biblical narrative stories of faith are anything but conventionally normal. Jesus died on the cross, and rose the third day, to procure for us an adventure of faith. Jesus died for us that we might live a life divinely guided by purpose, meaning, and love for God and for one another.
That every single biblical narrative story of faith soars far above worldly conventional normalcy is a key to placing the highest value upon journeys of faith that Jesus purchased with His own blood on the cross of Calvary to actualize for each one of us. As blood-bought and Spirit-born Christians today we should not allow any of the cultural challenges of radically skeptical unbelief discussed in the following chapters to undercut or diminish in any way this priceless heritage of our journey of faith following Jesus Christ.