I met with my vocational mentor today, who is also my pastor, and he asked me an interesting question, “What is the cutting edge in your growth in terms of your relationship with Jesus?”
I had never thought of it like that before – can my relationship with Jesus be ‘cutting edge’? Usually, we reserve the phrase ‘cutting edge’ for things like the latest technological device or scientific research. I’ve never thought about a relationship being cutting edge – especially a relationship with Jesus. But, I think it’s helpful to think of it that way.
What he was trying to get at is where I saw myself developing, seeing growth. How was I being stretched by God and how was I stretching myself in developing my relationship with him. Just like scientists or engineers are stretching themselves in their work to learn more, know more, discover more – I, and perhaps all Christians, should be stretching themselves more. We should all be more on the ‘cutting edge’ of understanding what God is up to in our lives.
As a person studying to be a preacher of God’s word I have a unique responsibility and opportunity to be aware of where the cutting edge of spirituality is not only in my own life, but also in the lives of those whom I serve. That means I need to aware of what God is up to all around me all the time and help make others aware of God’s work around them as well.
In some cases, that may mean pushing people closer to the edge and challenge them to stretch themselves. And in others, it may mean learning from those I serve and having them help me be more cutting edge in my own understanding. In either case, as a professional pastor, just like a professional scientist or engineer (or any professional for that matter), I need to be on the ‘cutting edge’ of my craft – challenging myself to see God more and challenging those I come in contact with to see God more.
Doing so will require much study, prayer, humility, and openness to what is happening around me. I’m looking forward to the responsibility and the joy of being on the cutting edge of God’s work in our world. What is the ‘cutting edge’ of God work your life right now? Think about it.