Adventure adds flavor to the necessary routines of life to get to work, clean the house, and pay the bills. Adventure inspires us to go beyond, to try new things, to learn and grow. It’s exciting, challenging and invigorating, stretching us in ways we didn’t know we could be stretched.
Unfortunately, many people have given up on the adventurous life. Whether it’s life-sucking restlessness, distraction, laziness, or fear; people have traded the spice of life for something less rewarding. True adventure has been replaced by counterfeit entertainment that provides synthetic thrills without true sacrifice, danger, and eternal benefit.
Without adventure, life can often become boring, pointless and tiring. Admittedly, adventure comes with risks and uncertainties, but there are few legitimate excuses for giving up an adventurous life.
CALL TO TRUE ADVENTURE
Adventure doesn’t sound like a holy or noble endeavor, but it certainly should be. The Bible uses words like seek, seek, courage, faith, hope, and love to describe aspects of the adventurous life. Certainly, not all adventures are holy, and sometimes they are reckless and foolish. The key is to engage in an adventure that pleases God and results in eternal benefits and rewards.
God calls everyone to adventure and more precisely to the adventure of knowing him and following him! God does not reveal himself equally to all, but rather to those who are willing to pursue him with adventure.
Here are some biblical indications on the eternal adventure.
• Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness (Matthew 6:33)
• Seek things from above (Colossians 3:1)
• You have been given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 13:11)
• Seek the Lord while He is found (Isaiah 55:6)
• Seek and you will find (Luke 11:9)
• You will find me if you seek with all your heart (Jeremiah 29:13)
• God rewards those who diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6)
• Walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7)
• Be strong and courageous for God is with you (Joshua 1:9)
• Love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength (Mark 12:30)
• As the Father sent me (Jesus), so I send you (John 20:21)
• Go and make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19)
Holy adventures are superior to earthly adventures because they are eternal and endless. God can be found once, but more searching will result in more discoveries because God is infinite. You can search for God for the rest of eternity and always find more each time – a lifelong quest with eternal reward. It is as if the mountain rises and becomes more satisfying each time you experience a new adventure of seeking the heights of God.
It is your choice, you can know and experience the heights, depths and widths of God as much as you wish: what you put in is what you get out of it. In contrast, once you’ve climbed Mount Everest, there’s no higher mountain to climb – once you’re done, you’re done.
THE ADVENTURE LIFE
Imagine a life with the right balance between healthy routine and adventure. The disease of boredom would be cured and the demons of distraction would be cast out. Life would be more meaningful and enjoyable. The good news is that you can have optimal balance if you want.
How about devoting yourself to seeking God by reading a new Bible translation this year, extending your longest fast, going on a cross-cultural mission trip, spending more energy with God in prayer than never before, by serving others in new and sacrificial ways, strategically give more money than you’ve ever had before? Specifically, how about a seven-day expedition that includes being alone with God and fasting, reading the entire New Testament, asking God to reveal Himself, and giving missions full pay?
Make the decision today to embrace a life of holy and meaningful adventure. Choose to seek, love and find God daily with all your heart, mind, soul and strength. You won’t regret it forever! Be strong and courageous for God is with you in the quest.
Todd Pearsons, Ph.D., is an Adventurer and Minister with Christian Increase International Church.