“Let’s go out of town today!”
Depending on your personality, these six words can either be very exciting or simply stress-inducing. For those of us who find this phrase exciting, we love the chance to live on a whim or not have to stick to a plan. This is evidenced in how we spend time with friends and family and even how we spend our money. For those in the latter category, the mere thought of deciding the day of to go out of town is absolutely insane.
No matter which category you find yourself in, many times, our relationships tend to drift toward monotony. And, when we find our relationships – romantic or not – lacking excitement, we may simply need a little spontaneity. This past weekend, Ben Snyder spoke on spontaneity and stated, “There is more adventure for us when we are free to be spontaneous.” Sure, too much spontaneity can sometimes be irresponsible, which is why in his message, Ben defined healthy spontaneity as “learning when to surrender control of the outcome.”
He then pressed his point further by arguing, “If we follow Jesus, he will challenge us to live spontaneously.” Essentially, an inherent part of a relationship with Jesus is the willingness to be spontaneous. In the Gospel of Mark, we see clear evidence of this claim.
6b Then Jesus went from village to village, teaching the people. 7 And he called his twelve disciples together and began sending them out two by two, giving them authority to cast out evil spirits. 8 He told them to take nothing for their journey except a walking stick—no food, no traveler’s bag, no money. 9 He allowed them to wear sandals but not to take a change of clothes.
10 “Wherever you go,” he said, “stay in the same house until you leave town. 11 But if any place refuses to welcome you or listen to you, shake its dust from your feet as you leave to show that you have abandoned those people to their fate.”
Would this have been a difficult mission for some of Jesus’ followers to accept? Of course. But, God’s call to follow is not a call to an easy life, it is a call to an adventurous and fulfilling life through a deep relationship with Jesus. In God’s call for us to be spontaneous, he’s calling us to a deeper, more meaningful relationship. As Ben said, “love grows when we share things in common,” and when God calls us to be spontaneous, it is always with him. Furthermore, we are not simply sharing in the adventurous relationship with God, but we should also be spontaneous in our relationships with others. We will discuss how we can do this throughout the rest of the week.
When was the last time you were spontaneous in your relationship with God?
Why do you think we tend to drift away from spontaneity the longer we are in a relationship with someone?
When someone asks you to do something spontaneous this week, do it! Take note of how you feel before, during, and after the experience.
Father, you are so good to constantly remind us of your love for us. I know I struggle to always listen to your call for me, and I want to be more spontaneous. Thank you for your Word and for your desire to have an adventurous relationship with me. Help me to be more spontaneous with you and others this week. I ask all this in the name of Jesus, amen.
This post was written by Andy Rectenwald. Andy has a passion for bringing the Bible to life for people, for Christian Apologetics, and for the Cleveland Indians. He is married with two young children.
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