A friend once asked me, “If the gospel is as real, as you say, then why doesn’t it seem to make more of a difference in the lives of so many who claim to believe it?”
That’s a great question, because the gap between what we claim is true about ourselves, what we often see when we look in the mirror and what we see around us — that gap is real.
But the question is, do you feel the gap?
Having the courage to recognise it is the first step in the bridge being built. It’s certainly possible to ignore, or not be bothered by the gap.
I’ll never forget what I heard after a sermon around 5 years ago. I was a deacon so I stood at the door at the end of church greeting people on their way out. An older man patted me on the shoulder and said,
“Well, that was a nice sermon. Now, back to the real world.”
That bothered me for a long time...
If, like that man, you don't try to connect God to your everyday life; if you divide the sacred “nice sermons” from the secular “real world”; if you keep Jesus safely tucked away in heaven where he can’t threaten your way of doing things, then this gap won’t concern you.
..It won’t even occur to you that it should.
And sadly, so many people have lived with this gap for so long that they no longer mind it. It's time to disconnect to reconnect.