I spent the entire day watching a conference that I was unable to attend in Austin, Texas this weekend. I am grateful for technology and for the idea to include people all around the world by streaming the conference and leaving it up through midnight two days later.

The conference was called IF:Gathering.

If you have ever attended a conference, you know that by the end of the conference, you are typically on information overload, and this one was no different.

But the information was so good! I took page after page of notes! I was challenged. I was enlightened. I was moved. I was encouraged.

One of the questions being asked is this: If our God is real, then what does that mean for us, how does it change our lives and the lives of those around us.

There are so many ways in which the reality of our God should be impacting our lives. We shouldn’t be able to sit in our comfortable houses, with our favorite toys, eating our rich foods and be content with that. We shouldn’t be able to spend all of our time with those who look, act, and believe just like us and think that is okay.

If our God is real, and if He has truly impacted our lives, we should be serving Him in ways that are outside of our comfort zone. We should be doing things that we don’t fully know how to do. We should be caring for people for whom we don’t fully know how to care. We should be taking steps out onto the water trusting that God will hold up our feet and not let us drown as long as our eyes are on Him.

We should be wrecked if we are trying to live a comfortable life, because of the knowledge that we aren’t fully devoted to serving the One who gave His life for our sin and rose from the dead so that we can live.

So I ask you, if your God is real, how does that play out in your life?



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