How many of you as children ever wanted to run away from home? I remember when I was about 8 years old and I decided I had all the parenting I needed. I was ready for the world, so I set out for a place that was devoid of parental rules. That was my biggest problem with my young life – all those rules, all those do’s and don’ts. My attempt at freedom didn’t get very far before I ran into a problem…I was lost and what’s more the rules didn’t seem so bad now that I was out in the real world. I stopped and started rethinking my strategy and after setting and thinking for what seemed to be an eternity, I went back home. Even if I had continued my flight, it would have only been a matter of time before my dad tracked me down. It all seems silly in retrospect, but at the time I had plans. And I planned to show them what was what.
This week we are excited to start a new sermon series called “Life on The Run.” It is the story of Jonah. Jonah was God’s messenger who was given an assignment by God to go to Nineveh. Jonah resisted and did the opposite. Jonah decided on a not-very-good plan. “One ticket to NOT Nineveh, please!” he said and boarded a boat sailing in the very opposite direction of Nineveh. So began Life on the Run from God.
In this series, we will discover that there is a little bit of Jonah in each of us. Will we be shallowed by a big fish? Unlikely. But what about running from God? Maybe not with a backpack filled with our favorite foods out of the fridge and a dash out the door, but with our hearts. Our self-interests cause us to move in a direction other than the one God has called us to.
Most of us have a “Nineveh” in our lives. We can’t do what God is telling us to do. It’s too hard. So we buy our ticket to run away from God, and as soon as our ship launches, we discover you can’t run from God. There are many ways to run from God, but there are some things from which you cannot run away.
In this series, we will walk through the story of Jonah who is one of the world’s most famous runners. And we will explore the lessons we can all learn when it comes to a Life on the Run.