Earlier this week I turned 41—and right on cue I lost my wallet, and my keys, and spent half my birthday roaming around my house trying to find them. A cricket’s life at 40 has been a bit forgetful so far.
Fittingly, then, this week on “The Cross and the Jukebox” we’ll listen to a song called “A Pirate Looks at 40,” by a favorite recording artist of mine, a Gulf Coast boy like me, Jimmy Buffett.
Now Jimmy Buffett never really was a pirate, of course. But in this song we find a man looking back at, on the one hand, the dreams of his younger years of adventure and joy and brotherhood, and on the other hand, looking now at how his life isn’t measuring up to what he thought it would be like.
In this episode, we’ll talk about the significance of purpose in life, and the significance of adventure and mission. We’ll consider how, in Christ, the mission has been both accomplished and unleashed on those who were born not “two hundred years too late,” but instead died two thousand years early, in union with Christ at Calvary, and live now as part of Christ’s church— as a band of brothers, plundering the enemy and moving from one adventure to the next, not just for forty years… but forever.