30/30: 2008. Rhinos. Courage.

7 01 2008

rhino.gifRhinos can run 30 miles an hour, which is pretty fast considering how much they weigh. Squirrels can actually only run 26 miles an hour. Not too fast and not too intimidating. But that is not the case with Rhinos when they move forward. They’ve got tonnage. The problem with Rhinos is that they can only see 30 feet in front of them. Imagine a group of rhinos traveling 30 miles an hour without knowing what is 30 feet ahead. You would think that their lack of vision would keep them from moving ahead at full speed. But with that horn pointing the way, they move forward at full steam.

When Rhinos move together they ironically are known as a crash. As followers of Christ, I believe that is what we are called to be. When we let go of our apprehension and timidity, the church becomes a crash…an unstoppable force. “We don’t have to pretend to know the future. Who cares that we can only see 30 feet ahead? Whatever’s at 31 feet needs to care that we are coming and better get out of the way.”

The book of Acts tells the story of a handful of disciples who courageously shared the message of Christ even though the religious leaders threatened and persecuted them. What gave them courage? They knew God was behind them. As God’s people we need to move together into an uncertain future with complete confidence. There’s a future to be created and world to be redeemed. “We need to stop wasting our time and stop being afraid of what we cannot see and do not know. We need to move forward full force because of what we do know.”

May 2008 be the year we crash together into the future that Christ is creating. May this be the year that you let go of your doubt and allow God to unleash the untamed faith within you.

Sunday, Jan 13 @ Epic: Sacrificial Commitment

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