Like Paul (1 Tim. 1:15), when I became a Christian at age 18, many years ago, at that time I now, looking back in hindsight, would place myself at the bottom 5 to 10 percent of average people out in the world in terms of basic good character. Sometimes God calls the worst people to follow Him, people at the time of their conversion who are totally lost, misguided, and falling far short of our created potential. God does this, because after He places divinely motivating faith in our future potential that at the time we cannot initially see, on our subsequent journey-of-faith road to the recovery of our true selves and our destinies, we have so much “make-up” ground to recover that in catching up there is a great deal of “all truth” basics to learn along the way (Lk. 5:8).
If I were able to go back and rewrite the course of my life doing everything right according to an alternate reality of worldly conventional normalcy…like Saul/Paul going back to Jerusalem to live an exemplary life according to the highest values of worldly conventional thinking…then I simply could not write this book.
It is a Christian life lived in the unconventional danger zone reality of a God-composed journey of faith life-script having challenges and difficulties that informs my recognition of the danger zone central to every journey of faith recorded in the Bible. It is a Christian life lived in the danger zone that raises the interesting and compelling questions I seek answers to that motivates my drive to follow Jesus up into the heights of jagged mountain peaks and down into the depths of the lowest valleys, where the highs and lows of a “knowledge of good and evil” reside and can be found.
But I am very much like the disciples in the first century who say to Jesus: “Declare unto us this parable” (Mt. 15:5; Mk. 4:10, 4:34). I need the Holy Spirit to divide out for me truth from error in the middle of life experience. I need a journey of faith with divinely premeditated events and circumstances precisely sequenced to lead me step-by-step into the world of “all truth.” Otherwise the issues are too subtle and too finely hidden for me to intellectually separate and identify, even with the gift of an analytical mind.
The small business owner’s mindset of: “I can do everything because I am doing everything” simply does not hold true when the stakes get higher in a God-composed journey of faith. If the “scope of work” volume of our lives expands through our adventure of faith, then spiritually we become stretched beyond self-reliance. When we arrive at the fullness of our life’s mission, the program of godliness is much bigger and much grander than we can manage on our own.
The information-rich danger zone of God’s higher ways is where Paul received his mission, his motivation, and his inspired message (Gal. 2:20). The danger zone is where and how the Holy Spirit leads Spirit-born Christians into all truth yesterday, today, and in the rapidly approaching end-times.