The overriding theme for me on the HighTides and Highways Tour has been the difference between the person of Christ and the cause of Christ. I have spent much of my adult life preoccupied with “the cause.” I diligently sought to advance “the cause” of Christ; I faithfully served, and faithfully testified to “the cause.” But prior to going on the H&H Tour I believe the Lord very clearly spoke to me that He does not need more people devoted to the cause of Christ, He does not want more people devoted to it, nor does the world need more people devoted to the cause of Christ either. What I believe the Lord very clearly spoke to me was that He desires people who are devoted to Christ, to the person of Jesus, not to a cause; and I believe that’s what the world needs. It’s far too easy to get caught up in “the cause” and lose all focus of Jesus in the process. If we are merely devoted to a cause we will likely miss the person; but if we are devoted to the person of Jesus we will naturally fulfill His cause. “The cause” makes me easily offended. When my focus is on the cause I want people to see things my way, I want to convince people that my point of view is right. I get caught up in things like politics and doctrines regarding non-essentials. I become distracted from the point of everything—to walk with Jesus.
Toward the end of the Tour the Lord directed me to Genesis 3. It’s the passage about Adam and Eve disobeying God and subsequently sin entering the world. Most of us know the story, Adam and Eve ate the fruit they were instructed not to and one of the results of this was that they realized they were naked, which made them ashamed to be seen by God. When they heard God walking through the Garden of Eden they hid from Him. It says in Genesis 3:8-9, “They heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. Then the LORD God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?””
Imagine this scene from God’s perspective. He is walking through His creation; a creation unmarred by the affects of sin at this point, a creation that was so majestic it says in Job that the stars sang as He created it; a creation of incomparable beauty; and He is not concerned with any of it. His only concern is that He can’t find those for whom He made such a magnificent creation. And when He doesn’t find them He calls for them. His primary concern is that He gets to go for a walk in the cool of the day with the ones He loves. His love certainly is extravagant.