The temptation to disconnect from the world is an ever-present reality for those trekking after the Serving King. Further, it is a common step in the process of redemption, a natural consequence of acquiring the Serving King’s way of being and doing, severing the lure of the world’s way of being and doing. And initially, that severing of the world’s way of being and doing will translate into a rejection of the world itself. It rarely is avoided.
But the Serving King knows nothing of any such severing. His is another way, risky and dangerous, but life-changing for those touched by the life of those who have learned His way of being and doing, those risking another adventure into the world once left behind.
The Serving King’s way of being and doing is meant precisely for the world, on display by those trekking deepest into the trail of the Serving King, yet once again in the midst of those who know the least of His being and doing. It is those most who need to see His way of being and doing in the context of the world’s way, the way of the many too long void of His way of being and doing.
Those so re-engaged discover the messy process of being in the world but not of the world. Those who trek after the Serving King must re-engage His way of being and doing in those places where His way is scarcely known. And those deepest along the trail of Serving King discover they have come full circle, once again in the land of the mundane, a place void of His presence, His people and His way of being and doing.
The challenge, of course, is to be in the world but not of the world, and that is no easy task. The world’s way is sticky, clinging to those brave enough to carry His way of being and doing into those messy places ignorant of His ways. And you will be surprised how sticky the old ways of being and doing can be, even for those long liberated into His ways. But old ways of being and doing are like ‘old shoes, comfortable and easy to slip back on. Only the “…robust holiness of the life of Jesus Christ” can sustain you in a sticky world like this one. If you are going to follow Him into the world, be well greased in Him, else more will stick to you than you ever imagined. Trek on carefully in a sticky world…