Falling in love - Beginning a new adventure - Starging a new hobby. These can all cause excitement, nervousness and happiness. As with most new things, there is newfound joy in beginning the journey. But what do you do when the journey gets boring, or is no longer interesting to you?
My wife and I were traveling from Nigeria back to Houston and planned a stop in Paris for a couple of days. We had left our two daughters with family and really had a good trip. After two days of wandering around Paris, I felt like staying another day and asked my wife if she wanted to as well. However, the more we talked about it, it didn't seem that exciting anymore. We both just wanted to get back home, the adventure had worn off after two weeks of being away.
Many followers of Jesus begin to feel the same way about their faith. They start to grow complacent and even become bored. Like anything, when the newness wears off, it sometimes gets less exciting. This is natural, but could also point to a deeper issue. That is, if following Jesus has become boring to you, maybe you're not really following Him. Maybe you're just going through the motions, or maybe you're just following your own ideas. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that you don't have faith anymore. It may be that you are no longer willing to follow Jesus into new places.
When I was in my early twenties, I was willing to do just about anything without giving it a second thought. To say I was adventurous is an understatement. When God called me back to Him, He used that adventurous spirit for His purpose. I moved into an infamous east-end neighborhood where I was the minority and began to work as a missionary. Every new situation that "normal" people might consider dangerous was an exciting adventure for me. Sometimes I find myself driving through the same communities and don't get excited anymore. I have to remind myself that God's mission doesn't change or lose it's urgency just because I'm "maturing."
What about you? Are you losing your excitement for the things of God? Are you still passionate about the mission that God has given you, or are you constantly looking for some new adventure so that your faith can be reignited again? If God has placed you somewhere for His purpose, ask Him to help you go deeper. Ask Jesus to lead you into places and relationships of adventure where you can, once again, recognize how He is using you for His mission. Maybe what you need is to follow Jesus' leading again instead of your own "mature" logic. While our faith is comforting, it's not meant to make us comfortable. Following Jesus is an adventure, that is, if we are willing to follow.
1Cor. 16:13 Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong.
Gal. 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.