Audacious- adj. 1. Intrepidly daring 2. Recklessly bold 3. Marked by originality and verve
Sunday school has been part of my life since I was a toddler. Being the pastor’s kid, I always knew all the answers. I repeated them like a recording, using the same repertoire of Sunday morning Bible answers every week. As I grew older, I began to be labeled as a goody-two-shoes, a people pleaser, and a know-it-all. All of my Sunday school training made my knowledge of the average list of children’s Bible stories and concepts top-notch. But it wasn’t until I became a teenager that I realized that my head-knowledge wasn’t getting me anywhere. As I started to study my Bible for myself, I began to realize how much I didn’t yet know or even remotely understand about God’s Word. I was hit with the reality that I’d been sucked in by what I like to call “Sunday school Christianity.” Tradition. Head knowledge. Habit. Being a Christian because I’m “supposed to” and because my parents are. This is not the type of Christianity God desires from us.
Check out the definition of the word “audacious” at the top of the page. Daring, bold, original. Paring this word with “Christianity,” results in a concept very foreign to all of us that have been blinded by routine, even dry Christianity. Audacious Christianity is the complete and total opposite of Sunday school Christianity. Audacity is breaking through the shell of tradition and living for Christ in a new, emboldened way that tromps rituality and births men and women that possess fires for Christ that are so hot they influence anyone who comes near.
I have nothing against Sunday school. I’m a Sunday school teacher myself. The point that I’m trying to get across here is the fact that the habitual, dry, and traditional Christianity that results from never stepping beyond the basis of your well-polished repertoire of Sunday school answers results in pretty dry living. Praying, reading the Bible, and attending church metamorphose into a necessary duty rather than an awesome privilege. We lose sight of the significance of Christ’s sacrifice for us, as well as the treasure in the well-known stories of our childhood. We don’t realize the way that Christ wants us to live- boldly, audaciously, originally- because we are wrapped up in tradition and sometimes even self-righteousness.
Beth Moore, a well-known women’s speaker and writer, outlines six “mighty makers” for audacious living that I would like to share with you over the next few weeks. Today I’ll give you two, and will follow up with the others soon:
The audacity to make an unseen Savior the supreme romance of your life.
Jesus Christ longs to woo you into a relationship with Him. If you let Him, He will romance you. Psalm 63, my favorite Psalm, is a great passage to meditate on that proves this concept. Nearly every chapter of the Bible screams of His intense love for us. Will you allow Him to romance you?
The audacity to live in the tension that comes with loving in truth.
The Bible is so important. It is the basis of our spiritual existence and growth. Without it we are lost. It is God’s love letter to us. It is packed full of the stories of people just like us who chose audacious living over tradition. As Beth Moore says, audacity is the “nerve to stay in the Word.” The truth of God’s Word will penetrate every area of your life, including the way you relate to others. Ephesians 6 talks about the belt of truth being the basis for all the rest of the spiritual armor. Obviously, truth is important, so are you taking the time to familiarize yourself with it?
Stay tuned for the last four “mighty makers” as you consider what you’ve read here today. I pray that you have seen the importance of converting from a “Sunday school” Christian to an audacious one. It is so much more fulfilling, not to mention pleasing to God. Step up to the plate, friend, for we live in a crazy world. It’s time to step beyond tradition and into audacity. Will you join me?