Wired for Adventure
Are we ever more energized and happy than when an adventure begins?
We can trace the English word adventure back through French to Latin. The root meaning is “about to happen” … even deeper, it means “arrive.”
I feel we need to be consistently ask ourselves this question: “What’s about to happen?” We’re “coded” to “arrive” at new spaces and places as we journey in life.
Especially as we engage the Ultimate Adventure.
This article is #1 in the Questing with God series. Abraham is a touchstone for us — the original pattern of faith. What’s possible in your world?
Questing Is Power for Living
Abraham quested after God … and the Story of God.
He “went out” to a new place in life — Abraham would receive an inheritance by faith (see Hebrews 11:8).
“He was looking for the city which has foundations, whose architect and builder is God” (Hebrews 11:10 NASB).
Questing is to search, seek, pursue and give chase … to set one’s course on a venture, a journey, a mission, an enterprise … to go after a high endeavor.
What’s so promising for us is that Abraham’s our original pattern of faith. A prototype of the faith-person.
Reaching Back to Abraham for Precedent
We can actually reach back to Abraham for precedent to shape our lives.
Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness, you who seek the Lord: look to the rock from which you were hewn, and to the quarry from which you were dug. Look to Abraham your father and to Sarah who bore you; for he was but one when I called him, that I might bless him and multiply him.Isaiah 51:1-2 ESV
And here’s an insight … in Christ, the Abraham precedent is not only experienced, it’s completely fulfilled and rises to new heights.
In order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles (that’s us!), so that we would receive the promise of the Spirit through faith … And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to promise.Galations 3:14, 29 NASB
The Adventure Begins — Benchmarking With Abraham
In business, academics, leadership, health, and wellness, etc., benchmarking can level us up! We can lose our bearings and get stuck without it.
A benchmark is a standard of excellence and achievement. It’s a fixed point of reference from which we can draw vision and inspiration. And we can measure and test ourselves against the benchmark.
What can we discover from Abraham’s experience? It all elevates to new heights in Christ.
- We too are called out of an alienated-from-God “environment” and experience. We each have a “land” we’re promised. We’re called to possess it. Progressively. The adventure begins — fitting into His Greater Story.
- Abraham and Sarah were transformed via their odyssey of faith. The Creator is not just transacting with us. He’s transforming us. The transaction flows through the transformation. See Romans 4:18-22 NASB.
- Abraham created “altars” at points of transition and fresh direction. We too can create times of consecrated worship, calling upon God during our own seasons of transition. The priority of the “altar” is powerful!
- The superior reality promised by God to Abraham eventually trumped the lower reality of his condition. He became fully assured that what God promised, He was able to perform. It then manifested. See Achieve a Higher Internal State to Live a Better Life.
- Abraham was a world-changer and history-maker. In Christ, that same “DNA” is in us! And so the adventure begins.
Have you thought about the experience of Abraham as a benchmark … a model or template to optimize your Kingdom Potential in Christ?
See the complete Questing with God series. Abraham is a touchstone for us — the original pattern of faith. It’s all complete in Christ. So now, what’s possible in your life?