Nothing More Intoxicating

12 02 2009

My latest issue of Fast Company magazine has this quote on the cover: There’s nothing more intoxicating than doing big, bold things. This comes from a young man who is CEO of a web company that puts TV programs online. This is both thrilling and sad: sad because this particular website is helping to promote all sorts of twisted, godless views of life in this world; sad because this man will eventually find that the intoxication of making money wears off, and like so many others he may well turn to literal intoxication to fill the void. But this is thrilling because it reflects a reality about our makeup in the image of God: we are wired to find excitement in doing big, bold things. God lays out a big, bold mission in Genesis 1: be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it, and rule … over every living thing that moves on the earth. That’s pretty big and bold! Or these words: make disciples of all the nations. Or these: He who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father. Christ-like character traits such as meekness, gentleness, humility, and servanthood are not mutually contradictory with big, bold goals: I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I reach my goal. The problem is not that we attempt too many big, bold things for God. The problem is that we do too many little, insignificant things that have nothing more than brief earthly value – or no value at all. Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal. When we live for big, bold, eternally-significant things, there is nothing more intoxicating: because the Creator wired us for this.



One response

12 02 2009
Darlene Matzko

David Hosaflook, who just spoke in chapel, would say a hearty AMEN! Me too!

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