An advertisement once appeared in a London newspaper: “Men wanted for hazardous journey! Low wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful.”
The ad was placed by the noted explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleford, who was organizing another expedition to the barren land of Antarctica. So, what kind of response do you think he got? Actually, thousands
of people responded to the ad, and most all of them were willing to sacrifice everything for the prospect of experiencing “a meaningful adventure.”
After reading that, it made me wonder about how often we have thought of our Christian life as somewhat of an adventure. Could it even be the greatest adventure of all?
Taking a trip to the South Pole…or going on an African safari…or climbing one of the highest peaks in the world are all truly amazing experiences! But I am thinking of “adventure” in terms of a life that is rewarding, meaningful, and filled with “stirring” experiences; which, by the way, is how Webster’s defines the word “adventure.”
If you are not sure about the Christian life as a great adventure, then I suggest you read the Book of Acts. While not exactly “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” neverthe- less, it is the story of Peter and Paul, and the dangers, challenges and thrills they experienced in spreading the Good News of Christ to the world. Folks, are not these the same kind of exploits and adventure that make for the storylines in many of movies we have seen?
And like any good adventure story, Acts starts off with a mysterious and memorable happening! Suddenly, there comes to those disciples the sound of a mighty wind in their midst and tongues of fire dance above their heads. We know this as the Day of Pentecost, the day God’s Spirit came to give birth to the Christian Church.
Of course, there is more to an adventurous faith journey than just amazing and exciting things happening around us. Indeed, to follow Jesus as his disciple– though exciting and joyful in many respects– is seldom easy. In fact, it is incredibly hard… maybe the hardest thing we can do.
At the same time, I know it can be the most rewarding, not just because of the Resurrection promise, but for having Christ in our lives!
I am excited for our church as we look to Pente- cost Sunday, May 20. On that morning, ten of our young people are making what I believe to be the most important decision that anyone can make— to profess their faith in Jesus Christ and become members of Christ’s church. For them, it is the conclusion of confirmation—a time of study and reflection, working with their mentors, and coming to the decision of being a disciple of Christ. It is our great joy is to celebrate with them on this special day.
Other celebrations are happening that day, too. At 3:00 in the afternoon, we will gather again
as the “household of God” to celebrate the Sacrament of Baptism of Benedict “Ben” Salata. We will be joined by the congregation of Acton United Methodist Church.
How fitting that we can be there to love and support all these young people and their families as they embark on the “Great Adventure” of faith, and also to surround Lauren and Rennie with our love and promises. Truly, this is a day the Lord hath made!
In the love of Christ,