“So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have. I think it is right to refresh your memory as long as I live…” (2 Peter 1:12-13). The problem with so many Christians today is that we love to learn new truths, but forget to live what we already know. Sometimes I get accused of saying the same things over and over. Good! Peter did too, apparently.
We need to be reminded over and over again about the simplicity of our faith, which I think Jesus reiterated his last night on earth (read John 13-17). He boils it down in John 15:5 like this: “Stay connected to Me, you bear much fruit, apart from Me, you can do nothing” (my paraphrase). That’s why we’re doing this 60:60 Experiment for the 4th time at Gateway Church. I can’t think of anything “new” to help us more than this “old” practice of walking step by step with God’s Spirit.
So yesterday, after teaching about starting the 60:60, I played. I enjoyed time with my wife and son, picnicking at the lake. Then Justin and I played soccer. But you can play with or without God. Part of learning to do life with God is learning to enjoy life with God. To recognize who it is that created us playful, and when we bring him into our play and express gratitude and maintain a listening voice—it not only honors God, it teaches us of God’s goodness and nitro-charges our experience of life (that’s what I’ve found anyway). Of course, Jesus’ own disciples thought children and their play was “above” the rabbi—Jesus corrected them: “Let them come to me—the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these!”