The meaning of adventure and the adventure of meaning

Let’s talk some more about the Adventure Advantage.

We experience the advantage of adventure when we realize that each of us has meaning and is called by God for a purpose.  This is where it begins.

If you’re a Christian today then you know you’ve at least had a brush with this deep resonance, this purpose for your existence.  Many of you have experienced it. Some of you have internalized it.

If you are still exploring Christianity and all that Jesus is about, then no doubt you’ve employed many things in your search for meaning and adventure.  At best they have left you unfulfilled like a ship with no wind and at worst they’ve left you broken, simply shipwrecked.

Certainly the apostle Paul discovered the Adventure Advantage.  Look in the back of your Bible and you won’t find maps of the missions of Matthias or the journeys of John.  More than any other figure in the early Church, it was the Apostle Paul who seems to have grasped the nature, the urgency, and even the satisfaction of the task before us as Christians.

In his letter to the Philippians, Paul makes his priorities clear as he writes the words of someone who has tasted well a life of meaning and adventure.

Philippians 3:7-16
But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith inChrist—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.
Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
All of us, then, who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. Only let us live up to what we have already attained.

Paul understood that life with Christ carries with it a sense of destiny.  And that this destiny is real and is realized through a thousand little obediences every day.  Adventure comes in seeing that what we do each day can contribute to this destiny, this calling.

Those who have discovered the Adventure Advantage understand this, and have internalized these three gripping and propelling truths, which we’ll discuss in future posts: 1) We are on a mission.  2) We’re part of a team.  3) The world is waiting.

What have you had to forget and leave behind so you could press on to what’s ahead?

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