Those thirty words from Dr. Mulholland explain decades of my life.
I had been in full-time ministry for about eleven years when I crashed into a wall. I had expended a lot of energy trying to be in the world for God, and I was utterly depleted. The invitation at hand, about which I both felt fear and longing, was to allow everything to be pruned except learning to live my life in God and to submit any results of my existence in this world to the steadfastly loving Father of Jesus rather than to the work roles I had engaged in for God’s sake for so long.
So, I am remarkably well-acquainted with the first half of Mulholland’s statement (the well-intentioned but misguided living in the world for God), and my hope is to spend the rest of my life as an experiment in the second part (living in God for the world). My experience of going underground and of learning to stay planted for the long haul has given me occasional, small tastes of what “in God for the world” means. The central lesson perhaps seems obvious but in practice is very counter-intuitive: arranging our lives to be lived fully in God is the only way that we can become carriers of the incomparable gift of God’s grace to the world.Read More