How to ReFocus on the Mission!
The Church is the only organization in the history of humanity that exists primarily for those who are not yet a part of it.
That’s a thought that popped into my head a number of years ago. Possibly it was an inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Perhaps not. But I’ve come to think of it as key value for the church. A church that truly understands it’s mission will understand that it exists primarily for others. But there’s the problem. In most churches, and with most pastors, including this one, we tend to forget things. Even the most important things. We forget the importance of who we exist to serve. And that’s when the gravitational pull of inward focus takes over. We begin to focus on our own desires, preferences, and likes instead of on how we might reach people for Jesus Christ. Or how we might serve the community. Or we focus so much attention, and even money, on the condition of our buildings and forget the condition of our community. We begin to hoard our resources for ourselves; and that’s toxic to the mission of Jesus in the world.
So here’s what I’m going to do, you might consider joining me on this…
- I’ll Pray. I’m going to focus on praying outward before inward. I’ll pray for the community before I’ll pray for the church. I’ll pray for those who don’t know Jesus as Savior and Lord before lifting up anything else.
- I’ll ask the big question. At every committee meeting of the church I’ll ask, ‘how are these decisions making a difference in our community? With those who don’t know Jesus?’
- I’ll invite someone. I’ll invite someone to church. And not someone who goes to another church. I’ll go beyond inviting them to church and will be explicit in inviting them to know Jesus (yeah, not in an aggressive over the top kind of way, but in a relational friendship kind of way).
- I’ll invite others to join me in this mission. I’ll preach about it. I’ll teach about it. I’ll encourage it in our groups and in our classes and in our committees and everywhere I can!
Yes, I do believe that the Church is the only organization in the history of humanity that exists primarily for those who are not yet a part of it?
What do you think?