The Bible says that God’s wisdom is at odds with what humans consider wise. I don’t think many Christians really believe that is true. We are often after a God that is after what we want for ourselves. I know I fall into that line of thought on a regular basis. Yet scripture doesn’t seem to teach this at all. I started thinking about it today after reading the following posted on twitter by John Piper;
“God’s strategy for making the church bold: imprison her leaders. (Philippians 1:14)”
Philippians 1:14 reads, “And because of my imprisonment, most of the believers here have gained confidence and boldly speak God’s message without fear.” (NLT)
It’s completely counter-intuitive, yet it is true. What will come of the not only imprisonment but death of the three pastors in Nigeria? I don’t know. What I do know is that this life is not about the fulfillment of my wants and desires, in fact it seems to be about the exact opposite. At our national staff conference Rev. Keith Battle exhorted us to get out there and “run the play”, after likening the conference to a huddle. Nobody pays to watch the huddle and if it goes on too long the team gets a penalty. Everyone wants to see the play – and for the players that means effort and pain. I need to stop focusing on comfort and safe options and focus on running the play.