The Greatest Adventure
Sunday, Pastor Stephani Tague took a fun approach to a really important topic, comparing following Jesus to a choose your own adventure book.
Do you remember those things? I remember reading every one of those that I could get my hands on. I also remember having a propensity for cheating when I read them. I would choose one path, but keep my finger in the page so that if I found out the path I chose led to my demise, I could go back to where I started and give it a second shot. I tried several times not to do this, but I couldn't help myself. I wanted to live and I wanted to fully experience the best adventure the book had to offer.
Can you relate to this? Maybe you set out in life to experience a great adventure. Whatever people seek, I believe they are seeking the best life possible. Later in life, people start to think about what's next and if there is yet more adventure out there, or if this is all there was. I think most people would say that they want the adventure to keep going, even if those people don't claim to believe in Christ or eternity at all. Whatever path you chose in life, I'm sure you chose it trying to live life to the fullest. Unfortunately, for some, it just didn't turn out the way you thought. You chased what you thought would bring you joy, and you chased it whatever the cost. Perhaps you feel like in your own adventure, you chose poorly. You can think back to decisions and seasons of life where you wished you would have chosen differently. But you are where you are and don't know what to do about it.
I've got great news for you. God kept his finger in the page for you. Now, I'm not saying you can change the past. It is what it is. But I am saying no matter how off course you feel you have gotten, God is a God of second chances. This is what we see in the story of Jonah.
Then the Lord spoke to Jonah a second time: 2 “Get up and go to the great city of Nineveh, and deliver the message I have given you.” (Jonah 3:1-2 NLT)
God took Jonah from the belly of a whale, and had that whale vomit Jonah up right where he started. In other words, God gave Jonah a second chance at the great adventure He had planned for Jonah. And He wants to do that for you as well.
I don't know what your past has been like. I don't know what hurts you have experienced, what mistakes you've made or what challenges you've faced. However, I do know that a lot of people believe the lie they are too far gone for God. Please hear me- I don't care how far off of God's script you think you are, today He is offering you another choice. Whatever you chose in the past, this time choose God's will. I promise, it will be the greatest adventure.