“If we are to figure out what Jesus would want us to think, be and do here and now, we must know the Gospels forward and backward.” – Michael Frost in Surprise the World
Last week in our Wednesday night class on “How to read the Bible”, we discussed practices like Lectio Divina and Dwelling in the Word. The short version of this is that we want to read the text not for informational purposes only, but for formation into the image and likeness of Christ. To read in a participatory manner where we are invited into the story of God, to find ourselves and our part in that larger story. Frost is spot on with this idea of knowing the story of Jesus, forward and backward. Not in order to know ABOUT Christ, but to KNOW Christ and what he is calling us to here and now.
So I want to encourage you all today to learn Christ. Pour through the gospels. Not to obtain information or to study, but enter into them and find your place. Let us be filled with Christ, to then go and be Christ in our homes, workplaces, schools, neighborhoods, where ever we find ourselves today. Let us, as the book title calls us to, surprise the world.
(By the way, check out this little book by Frost on developing missional habits. It’s VERY good and easy to read.)