What if we didn’t build our brand? What would happen if we stopped seeking recognition and gave all glory to God? Imagine a church unleashed where people served, loved, and laid their lives down for Jesus and the good of their neighbors, with little to no regard for their own reputation.
The world would change overnight. Injustice would radically decrease. Poverty would go bankrupt. Depression and suicide would take a back seat.
What if we stopped thinking about ourselves and truly sought the good of our cities? What if God’s glory was our all-consuming desire?
There is power lacking in today’s church. Something has gone terribly wrong. When I read Scripture, I see a church teeming with energy — Spirit infused, miraculous energy. The dead are raised, the sick are healed, the surrounding culture is dumbfounded. Nowadays, we seem more eager to keep our distance than obey our Savior. Jesus sent his bride on mission, not on vacation; yet, many of us live as if the goal of faith is a massage and martini, not a death certificate and empty tomb.
I think things are supposed to get messy. Mission is awkward. As a culture, we don’t often consider death or life after it, therefore, it’s strange to talk to people about eternity and the restoration of all things. But our faith should compel us to share the good news with those for whom Christ died.
I’m not sure about you, but I’m ready to go all in for Jesus and the gospel. I’m ready to take God at His word. I’m sick of sitting on the sidelines and hoping things will change.
There is a story in the Bible where Jesus calls a couple fishermen to follow him. They leave their nets and livelihood to follow a man they’d never met. Imagine if a stranger came to you at work and asked you to quit your job and follow him. What would you do? How would you respond? Would you immediately tell your boss sayonara? Or, more likely, would you think the man had a few screws loose and tell him to take a hike?
Granted, Jesus is God and the Messiah these fishermen had been waiting for their entire life. Yet, fishing was the way they fed their families and paid their bills. It was their whole life.
What about you? What kind of skill or trade have you spent years developing that now earns you an income? Maybe you went to college and got a degree that proves your knowledge in a particular field. Your work is more than a job, it’s a career. Would you give it all up to follow a stranger? Seriously? Think about it. It’s crazy that anyone would. But these guys did. In Jesus, they saw more than a stranger, they saw the One who could satisfy the deepest desires of their hearts.
Jesus is calling you today. Are you willing to lose it all for him?