Jesus's Vision For Our Lives
As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like. They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. - Luke 6:47-48
It’s pretty easy to understand this parable as Jesus’s way of articulating his vision for each of our lives - that we would mature into someone who is so solid and strong and that the space around us would be a place where others could find welcome and protection in this dangerous world.
This week we’re reflecting on what it means to capture the little kairos moments each day that help us process what God is up to in our lives - to hear and respond to God’s call towards wholeness. At City Church we draw out that process with the Learning Circle, but today, let’s think of it a little bit differently. The Development Square (below) captures the big picture of the process of growth - we move through the different stages towards maturity. But HOW we move through each individual stage is by capturing the kairos moments (by going around the Learning Circle). So in any given day, you may be having multiple kairos moments on different sides of the Development Square in different areas of your life. A coworker may be affirming your gifts while a friend is challenging your faith while God seems silent while you are experiencing joy in romance… each of those may be a kairos in a different area of life and each may be on a different side of the square.
So today there’s a big picture question for you: will you embrace Jesus’s big picture vision for your life? Will you build a solid home, not just for your own comfort, but for the sake of those around you who need welcome and protection from the messed up world? Will you partner with him in the process of becoming who he sees you are, watching and listening for each kairos along the way?