One of the great ironies in all of human experience is that the way of the cross actually opens up a pathway to a breadth and a quality of freedom that is completely unknown to worldly conventional thinking (1 Cor. 1:18). This is what we see in all of the narrative stories of faith in the Bible.
By an incredible show of courage, character, and grit, God earns our respect and gratitude by personally stepping into this broken world and participating alongside us, through a divinely composed, daring and risk-filled strategy that against all worldly conventional odds procures for us an honorable exit out of the bondage to sin. Like the serpent on a pole raised up in the Exodus wilderness (Num. 21:8-9), Jesus Christ amazingly became a “curse on a tree” for us that we might be delivered from the curse of sin. If we as Spirit-born Christians are likewise to be conformed to the image of Jesus Christ (Rom. 8:29), then some portion of this reality must be a part of the danger zone of picking up our own cross and following after Jesus down the road toward Calvary Hill.
The question God asks each of us as we enter into the upcoming last days is: “will you go out on the edge for Me and for the sake of the gospel, through a daring, challenging, and risk-filled life-script I have individually composed just for you? If I give you My Spirit and the grace you will need, will you allow Me to live My plans through you to fulfill your highest purpose and to be a blessing to others?” Isn’t this what is portrayed in the narrative stories of faith in the Bible…sacrificing some portion of conventional normalcy for the sake of a cause larger than ourselves, even when this results in a misunderstood and worldly unpopular journey of faith following God?
Numbers 21:16-18 briefly tells the story of the discovery of a hidden stream of water, running just below the surface of the burning sands of the desert during the Israelite’s long trek through the wilderness. At God’s direction, Moses instructed the people to use their staves to dig through the surface of the sand, singing while working “Spring up, O well, sing ye unto it.” Water soon appeared, bubbling out of the ground. The Israelites had discovered a hidden stream of water…water translating into life in the middle of a barren desert…buried out of sight for time beyond knowing.
Our God-composed journeys of faith are that close to each of us…right beneath our feet. Repentance, reading and studying the Bible, prayer, and listening in the Spirit to God’s voice, enables today’s Spirit-born Christian to enter into the destiny of an adventure of faith beyond anything we can imagine. This is The Christian Life in the Danger Zone…the theme of this book.