When you come back from a mission or ministry, it’s always a question.
I don’t want to lose the passion, the intimacy with Christ and the sense of purpose. I want to keep that sense of closeness to the body of Christ.
So what is normal and is it bad?

Well if normal means forgetting what you learned or experienced by quickly returning to a busy lifestyle that has little time left for God or making disciples….then normal is bad.

But I don’t believe that is normal for the Christian. I believe that is subnormal.

Normal is Galations 2:20.

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

So this is what Watchman Nee writes in his Christian classic, “Normal Christian life.”
He says normal is supposed to be, not I but Christ.

Nothing that is “special of peculiar” just less of me and more of Jesus.

God has One answer to the human need, that is Jesus Christ.

So I’m seriously jet lagged after a week in Zambia, and a two 9 hour flights, but I do get this, I will go back to “normal” only if it means more of God’s grace, more of God power.

More of Jesus and less of me


Matthew 16:23
Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.

Joe McKinney
Pastor of Creative Arts
StoneBridge Church