Earlier this year, a 20-year old Seattle man, known as the “Barefoot Bandit”—he committed his crimes wearing no shoes—was sentenced to 6 ½ years in prison after a 2-year international crime spree, stealing planes and boats by which he travelled to foreign countries. Like the character in the movie "Catch Me if You Can," the Barefoot Bandit was an adrenaline junkie.
Adrenaline junkies are addicted to the exciting, pleasurable effect of adrenal glands dumping a large doses of adrenaline into the bloodstream. People will do many things to get that rush: leap out of airplanes, climb rocks, race cars, bungee jump.
God has designed us with a spiritual appetite for stimulation too. Stimulate one another (Heb. 10:24), the word meaning, “to incite, provoke, or contend.” (Most churches don’t really encourage that kind of thing!) Watchman Nee clarifies that it isn’t what happens on Sunday morning that stimulates individual growth, but in between Sundays whenever people meet, each encouraging the other to faith and commitment. The proven fact is if Christians don’t get that stimulation they are looking for, they will become bored and leave the church. Instead, you may find them out on Sunday morning looking for an adrenaline rush.