In today’s social circles, especially those with younger people, the expression of surprise or shock is currently communicated through the word “Seriously” in the form of a question to emphasize the surprise of the story or comment or seeing someone do something that is potentially inappropriate in the moment.
How about using the term “Seriously” or “Serious” in it’s proper context. Here is my question. What are you taking seriously? Students are mixed in their intensity and approach to getting through high school and college. Some are very serious and intentional with their time, and others simply wait until the last minute to prepare for writing papers or studying for exams. Most people, as they get older, are more serious about what most of us would consider “important things”. Things like preparing in advance for meetings, showing up on time, saying hello when you see someone you know, dressing appropriately with dignity, working hard, treating others with respect, and putting family before your friends. And some are even more serious about their relationship with God. Some are not.
Most people agree with the term “Life is too short”. If life is truly and genuinely too short, then where is the serious attitude of living with intention towards God via a seriously intentional, pro-active relationship with Jesus Christ who positioned himself in the way of intense pain and suffering so you and I can have an eternal relationship in peace with our Heavenly Father? Jesus said this, “I am THE way, THE Truth, and THE Life, no one comes to the Father except through me.” So if Life is really “too short” and we know there is an eternity waiting for us, where time has no place, and we can be in God’s presence experiencing His love and joy and peace every moment for infinity and beyond, then what are we doing with our time now?
Do we really BELIEVE that “life is too short” or are we just having conversation? If we really believe life is too short, and we really believe there is an eternity to go to, what are we doing with the “Now”? Are we taking it seriously?
Following Jesus doesn’t make you weird. If you’re weird, it has nothing to do with Jesus. You’re just weird. Pursuing God is so much more than sitting in a church pew on Sunday morning. That is no where near enough to be in right relationship with God. Anyone can do that. It takes an intentional act of inviting him into your life to be your Lord and Saviour and intentionally living for him each day. When you fall, get up and ask for forgiveness. But don’t stop and don’t allow religious obligation to define who you are. Choose to be a sold out, unshakeable, immovable, impenetrable Christ follower who prays with intention, worships Him with arms lifted high with intention and loves others intentionally. Seriously.