To challenge is not to take the opposite opinion, not always. To challenge is to call one’s current standing into question. This can be fleshed out in two ways. The first is the common approach, the approach I see so many Christians taking, this would be to take the opposite side of an argument and play the devils’ advocate in the hope that the person in question would move towards the center on an issue. They can become stagnant or lukewarm, convictionless. The other approach, the one I see as the many times the superior approach in the Christian walk is to go beyond and challenge people to go further. This can take the shape of asking a person if they trust God as deeply as they should, if they are studying and enjoying God’s Word as much as they should, are they living life in Christ to its fullest. Are they being “witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the uttermost parts of the earth?” Are we?
I want to be challenged to go beyond in my Christianity. To go beyond where I currently am and continually grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus. I want to be challenged to grow. to serve. to learn. to pray. to receive grace. to give grace. to know God. to be a witness. to live Christ.