Where the Streets Have No Name! Radical Grace from the Book of Romans (8:15)


Where the streets have no name

"This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It's adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike 'What's next, Papa?'" (Rom 8:15, MSG)

When attending church on a weekly basis, many among us enjoy the couch-potato kind of attitude: "I did my duty!"

Is this truly the purpose of being a believer?

How could an explorer enjoy watching pictures from far away countries without ever visiting them? Would pictures be enough? I am one of these explorers, and when I see captivating pictures, it compels me to fly to far-away countries to experience the real culture of those people. Pictures alone would leave me wanting. There has to be much more than just pictures!

I can't fathom how anyone would be satisfied with such a couch-potato attitude. We need to go beyond just listening to sermons. We need to experience our Heavenly Father fully, so that we can become what our Father has in mind for us: Witnesses of the Most High! Sermons should leave us wanting. They should give us the hunger for God, so much that we won't be satisfied until we can share His Good News with those who don't know Him. There is no better satisfaction than to see someone smile when they hear how our Heavenly Father loves them so deeply. Our heart will become overabundant with divine love. How much better it would be to let our Heavenly Father guide us in adventures of faith that will fill us with adrenaline and drive us to ask, "What's next papa?"

In Currituck Banks Reserve near Corolla, North Carolina, tourist rental homes have been erected all through the dunes. There are roads connecting these rental homes, and in the past, there were street names signs where the sandy roads intersected. Most of these street name signs are now gone. Thousands of tourists come to sit for hours on end on lawn chairs in the sun, facing the Atlantic Ocean. They are truly "couch-potatoes", and as a memento of their trip to the Banks Reserve, many of these same tourists have stolen the street name signs on the roads running amongst the rental properties. As a result, the streets in the dunes have no names, and it is quite easy to get lost.

But who would want a memento just for being a "couch-potato"? Who would be proud of that? After all, there is much to explore on the Currituck Banks Reserve. There are wild horses, other kinds of wild life, amazing scenery, and perhaps most importantly, there are very interesting people! Rather than being a "couch-potato" on the beach, wouldn't it be a golden opportunity to share with those other tourists what is most precious to us?

Congratulations! You have been awarded the couch-potato certificate. By the way, what's that street name sign doing in your kitchen?

Rob Chaffart

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