This past week a good friend sent me a message and asked a great question that has had me thinking for the past few days. Always dangerous to get me thinking too much, but this was very compelling. Here was the text:
"The word for today is EDGE. It means you are no longer in the middle and no longer at the beginning. You are out of the comfort zone and on the edge of jumping off into an unknown but confident you are supposed to jump. What is your edge?"
The answer would not only vary from person to person but would also be misunderstood depending upon on one's audience. As examples the thrill seeking addicts we once were would always think that this meant to look for the next shot of adrenaline or something a lot stronger. To the womanizer or "man-izer", this might mean the next romantic conquest.
To the salesman, this might mean reaching an enormous sales goal, and to an achiever, this might mean more workouts, higher climbing, farther running, more acquisitions. But the question to us, those who have come to the Lord, those who have tried all those other things only to come up empty, is simply asking another question of God.
"Lord, what am I on the EDGE of?"
There are a lot of simple answers, but the more complicated ones need to be translated through prayer and meditation. Am I on the edge of doing something new for God? Am I on the edge of falling away in my faith? Am I supposed to be encouraging someone specific or a group that I am not doing now, and is that someone or group something that terrifies me?
Truth is if we were Christians back in the 1st century they were always Living On The Edge. The call of faith meant that you were tracked, hunted down, persecuted and stoned for your beliefs. Now we have freedom to find that edge because of the price that Jesus and the forefathers of our faith paid. They didn't need to ask because their destiny was to be martyrs of that faith.
So anytime we ask that question Lord what am I on the EDGE of? the first response must be that if I filter it through the will of God does it conflict with that or am I looking for the will of Glenn to be done? After that answer, it should be pretty easy to filter out the truth.
The real question is will we pay attention to the answer?
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.