Friday, April 13, 2012
If God has given us his grace so that we might take his gospel to the ends of the earth, then how do we do that? Do we walk out into the streets and just start proclaiming the glory of God somehow? Should we all go to other nations? If we go, what do we do when we get there? What does all this look like in our day-to-day lives?Jesus is not a message. Christianity is not information. We are introducing people not to a belief system, but to a person.
We would get the biggest names to draw the biggest crowds to the biggest events. We would start megachurches and host megaconferences. We would do . . . well, we would do what we are doing today.
But Jesus is so different from us. With the task of taking the gospel to the world, he wandered through the streets and byways of Israel looking for a few men. Don’t misunderstand me — Jesus was anything but casual about his mission. He was initiating a revolution, but his revolution would not revolve around the masses or the multitudes. Instead it would revolve around a few men.
When someone introduces a speaker from a dais have you met the speaker? Not in any serious sense of the word "met." God is not a projected image - He is a reality a reality we are to know intimately - a reality we cannot know by being told, we must experience. That is something that happens only amongst a few people - three really, you me, and God.
Would that more people understood this, and less worried about the next "program." The church would be a very different place.