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Deacon Candidate Faith Stories-Brandon Greason

Deacon Ordination

Friday, February 3 | 7:00 p.m. | Sanctuary

This week the 2BC Blog will have the faith stories of the three individuals who are candidates for ordination as Deacons. Take a moment to read the blog and get to know these servants of our church in a deeper way

Brandon Greason

When I was in high school in the late nineties, Lexus ran a car commercial with a slogan at the end that has stuck with me.  After the commercial played images of cars driving winding roads, a voice at the end would say, “The passionate pursuit of perfection.”

My faith story is not much different than many of you.  I grew up in the church as the son of a pastor—you know those kids are always the worst!  I had the unique and special opportunity to be baptized by my dad after becoming a Christian.  There was never a time we did not go to church.  This was especially true in my middle and high school years when we lived in a parsonage right next to the church, much to the chagrin of my mom and dad. 

I grew from a child-like faith as a young person growing up to, like many of you, having many questions the older I got.  I began my college career at William Jewell College as a religion major, trying to figure out if I was supposed to be a pastor like my dad.  I eventually decided against that career path but questions about God persisted as I continued to pursue my faith.    

During my college years and subsequent years since, I feel as though the number of questions I have regarding faith have only increased.  I don’t view this as a bad thing. On the contrary, I feel this is what drives me to continue to live out my faith.  The God I worship is much bigger than anything I can comprehend.

Back to the Lexus commercial—“The passionate pursuit of perfection.”  I tend to be a perfectionist.  This at times can and has been a hindrance to me.  However, when I think of this quote through the lens of my faith, the passionate pursuit of perfection is what drives me.  In recent years this tagline has been changed simply to “The pursuit.”  Pursuit of what?  Shouldn’t something worth pursuing be done with passion?

In the words of that aphoristic sage Bono, 

“I have climbed the highest mountain

I have run through the fields

Only to be with you, only to be with you

I have run, I have crawled

I have scaled the city walls

Only to be with you, only to be with you

But I still haven’t found what I’m looking for.”

I still haven’t found what I’m looking for could have a deleterious meaning for some but I don’t view it that way.  These lyrics remind one to pursue God with all you have and then some.  And even though you may not find what you’re looking for, or if your pursuit only leads to more questions than answers, you keep pursuing with all you have because there is joy in the pursuit and because God pursues us passionately. 

You may be wondering what all this has to do with a baseball cleat.  Well, have you ever pursued a baseball through the wet grass in the outfield without cleats on?  Or tried stealing second wearing regular tennis shoes?  I was an athlete growing up.  A two-sport athlete I might add, but that’s mostly because the school I attended only offered two sports. 

Cleats are an essential piece of equipment when playing baseball.  They provide the footing one needs to dig, pivot, hit, chase, or run.  My faith, like a baseball cleat, provides the footing I need to passionately purse the perfector of faith in Jesus Christ.  I know that I have been passionately pursued.  I don’t have many answers to questions I have but that’s ok because I believe in the saving grace of God.

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