Why is our culture so drawn towards reading books about Bilbo Baggins trekking over Middle Earth, watching Jack Sparrow sail on the high seas, or playing as Dragon Born and walking across Skyrim? It seems to me that not only is the sense of adventure present in our media and leisure activities, but that each and every human is born with a desire of adventure waiting to be fulfilled.
Looking back over the past decade, I think I’ve come to the realization that I will never be able to fully satisfy my hunger for adventure. Without hesitation I know that I’ve spent thousands of hours in my youth watching movies, reading books, and playing video games that have delivered and temporarily satisfied that deep hole.
Even as a child the craving was present, running through the thick forest with many friends wielding our stick swords and rock bombs. The adrenaline running through my veins as I pretend to go on quests, exploring unseen areas and meeting new creatures.
I believe that this innate desire is telling on how we as believers could live our lives and what we can look forward to in the next.
Although, a life brimming with such excitement and thrill is going to require some valor, so luckily in this case I come from Virtus, The House of Valor, and might be able to offer some guidance.
One of the greatest adventure quests of all time was introduced in the first book of the Bible, a grand quest that would send the adventurer around the globe.
Genesis 1:28 - “God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
The first quest ever given and quite possibly the most adventurous, Adam and Eve were given the task to rule over the earth, to go across mountains, valleys, and oceans. To meet new creatures along the way, care for them and give them names. To build structures, towns and villages. Mark their rule over vast lands and through their family lines build kingdoms that would stand tall over the earth.
Unfortunately, sin entered the scene and distorted the perfect and beautiful story. The quest to master the earth and harness its beauty is incomplete.
Across Scripture, readers can find a numerous amount of do’s and don’ts from God, but come to the gospel and we find a new grand quest for all the children of God to partake in.
Matthew 28:19-20 - “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
The new quest from Jesus calls his people to make disciples, to go around the world and explore nations, make new friends, baptize believers, traveling by boat, plane, and car across deserts, mountains, oceans, and densely populated cities. To learn and teach our knowledge to others who have yet to learn, and in it all to walk with God.
Another heavy quest been given, one that might continuously always satisfy our hunger for adventure when we are living in it. This is our quest, and we are called to partake in it for God’s glory, but I believe that for our benefit, to be able to make our own stories of adventure that will be told for generations.
Although I do recognize that not everyone has been given the Spirit’s desire to travel the world, I still hold the belief that every believer still has a desire for some adventure, even if that adventure is staying in their home country.
And to my fellow students who may be in school, studying their class material and watching each day pass, notice that without any preparation, an adventure might end in a tragedy.
But lastly, do not forget that no matter the greatest adventure that you could ever have still will not compare to the adventure that awaits on the new earth.
Revelation 21:1, 3-5 - "Then I saw "a new heaven and a new earth,"…I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Look! God's dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. …He who was seated on the throne said, "I am making everything new!" Then he said, "Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true."
Basking in the presence of The Lord, walking on the new earth, spreading God’s glory to the ends of the universe, traveling far and wide, meeting new people and creatures, building new kingdoms and structures across vast lands, worshipping in great praises from around the world with different tribes, and connecting the whole planet in God’s love.
So while we recognize our desire for adventure, know that we are living in the middle of a grand quest, one that waits for you to move on to the next objective marker.
And don’t forget about the victory in the new life to come.
What an adventure that will be indeed.
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