“The other half of the prophet’s job is to keep people free for God. People get trapped in chains of guilt and low self-esteem, what they judge to be poor performance and less than perfect attendance. As if the goal of religion is “attendance” at an occasional ritual instead of constant participation in an Eternal Mystery!”
One thing about Christianity is that it’s a call to participate in a Mystery.
Yes, It’s about God fully expressing His love towards us in Jesus. Yes, it’s about being free from sin.
But, there’s more to it than that.
Have you ever wondered what is was like for Peter to step out onto the water walking towards Jesus? Only fail miserably as he looked elsewhere and took his eyes off of Jesus.
What did Jesus say?
Immediately Jesus reached for Peter and caught him.
Jesus: O you of little faith. Why did you doubt and dance back and forth between following Me and heeding fear?
Matthew 14:31 VOICE
I love this translation because, I’ve always read this conversation as a stern rebuke. But, I’m not so sure anymore that that’s how Jesus meant it.
I think Jesus was saying, “You had it! You were doing it! But then you let fear and circumstances get in the way. It’s OK. Dry off. They’ll be other chances. Now, what did you learn?”
At least, that’s what I like to think He would say to me if I were in Peter’s water-logged sandals.
Jesus’ life was full of risk. I think He asks us to do the same.
Live in the tension of mystery.
Hold things with a loosened grip.
Get out of the boat.