Monday, August 10, 2009

Groundhog Day Christianity

I heard this phrase in an interview and it struck a chord with me. If you've seen the film with Bill Murray, you will know what a groundhog day is. Murray plays a TV reporter who finds himself waking up to the same day every morning. Can you imagine living the same day over and over again?

But many of us do as we live a sort of groundhog day faith. Maybe it's because we have so focused on that from which we have been saved to the detriment of that for which we have been saved. A preoccupation with escaping hell had lead us into a daily grind of getting through to the end, of surviving life without every really living it.

So what might happen if we change the perspective? What if we focused a little more of our attention on the things for which we are saved? What if we got up every morning and thanked God for his call to us to partner with him in his great adventure of building the kingdom?

When we wonder about our personal purpose in life we are forgetting that we are called to something much bigger than ourselves. We only have to dip into the Bible to listen to God speaking about his passion for justice, his love for lost people, his concern for the welfare of the world he created, in order to realise that there is more to life than a get out hell free card.

God has invited us to join his team and change the world with him. What greater purpose could we possibly have than that?

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