I want to ask a question that has been on my heart and mind quite a bit these last few days. This question is easy to ask, the answer is multi-faceted, but for some reason it is nearly impossible to move most people to commit wholeheartedly to. This is a real mystery to me. Now, I’m like most people, I enjoy a great mystery…but not this one. You see, I have challenged myself with this question every day of my adult life. You might say it’s been my life theme. To know the question is to know me and how important this is to me. But, alas, I too have sometimes had a hard time committing to the multi-faceted answer to the question…I believe we all do a little. Why is this so hard? Sadly, I don’t know…I don’t have an answer for you although I wish I did.
In my life experience, I must say the longer you commit your heart, body and mind to the multi-faceted answer, it becomes easier and easier. Some people know this, but most are too wrapped up in themselves, are too lazy or really don’t care to know that it becomes easier and easier. Oh no, flat toes! All joking aside, this actually is a clue.
Hey, did you know that one of the greatest if not THE greatest way to grow Jesus’ body of believers is not the fame of the preacher, the perfect sermon, not the singing, and not the other programs you provide…it’s the members taking time to invite people to church. I’m not talking about inviting those that already go to church! I’m talking about inviting those people who have no church, those with no belief in Jesus, those with no hope in this life or the next. People like to be invited and they all want hope! Actually, some know this and actively invite people to church where the hopeless can learn more about the hope Jesus gives everyone…and find it. But most are too wrapped up in themselves, are too lazy or really don’t care to invite people to church nor that someone can find hope in knowing Jesus. Pinch, slap…ouch!! Okay, my mind isn’t drifting…this is actually another clue.
You know what baffles my mind is that volunteerism is nearly dead in the church? It is so dead that the common statement voiced by nearly every church leader is that 10% of the people do 100% of the work…it’s always “the 10%!” I’m sick of hearing this and actually witnessing the truth of that statement! I throw my hands up in the air in frustration…my spirit slowly and slowly is quenched. Yet, I fight on. Sadly, what this means is most never know true joy that comes from working for the Lord. So, generations of children go untaught about Christ or salvation, more and more people are homeless, huge numbers of people turn to drugs or alcohol to numb their feelings of “no one cares,” people go without meals every day, people go without proper seasonal clothing, etc. The sin-contaminated world is brutal! Yes, I say brutal because goodness that comes from volunteerism is not readily visible…it’s not readily felt. The 10% feel real joy in working for the Lord. But most are too wrapped up in themselves, are too lazy or really don’t care to volunteer and experience true joy through working for the Lord. Whoa! That actually hurts! Sorry, I digress…but that’s another clue.
I love a good space show or story…you know the kind…Star Trek, Star Wars, etc. I find it interesting the futuristic-thinking writers always depict other-world creatures with different bodily features, different organs, and different colors of blood. I am a realist, and the reality is, God created all humans with the same organs, the same heart, and the same red blood. You know what? We really don’t believe this and our actions prove it. If we all believed that deep down inside, we are all created the same…have the same wants and desires…we all bleed red blood, then we would change and treat each other differently. We would not have slander, gossip, back-biting, human trafficking, abortion, violence and hatred of all kinds…and yes, believing one life is more important than another. Some truly believe and change, but most are too wrapped up in themselves, are too lazy or really don’t care to change. Help…a ton of bricks just fell on my head! Actually, and I’m sure you’re ok with this, this is my final clue.
So what is the question? Here it is. Do you truly know and practice what this means…“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends (John 15:13, ESV).”? I gave some clues to what this verse means…only you can answer this question for yourself. Over the next few blogs, I will briefly talk about some of the “facets” with you…it’s that important to me!
Love to you all! Dave