I sit in a funny place sometimes. Meeting with a church leaders or talking to a passive Christian, or teens, they all tell me that they are too busy or too engrained in their daily routine to change.
As if reaching 10% or less of their community isn’t an emergency? I don’t care what your theological position is on hell. But we, as Christians, believe to the core of our being that a life with Jesus is better than a life without him, right? At least we should!
It’s an emergency! You need to stop what you are doing today and re-evaluate how you are living your life.
The core of their pushback is always the same: I don’t have time to do the things you are saying I need to do. (Be Good News in the neighborhood, on my block, at my school, or at my job.)
That’s what you don’t understand: Good News spreads super fast. Good News will spread faster than any program you or your church can provide. Good News grows faster than your church does numerically. Good News will outgrow your budget plans.
The reason you are not growing has nothing to do with your words and everything to do with what you do with your day.
3 examples from 2011…
- I wrote a note on Facebook entitled ‘RETHINKING HALLOWEEN’ where I simply posted some suggestions on ways for Christians to celebrate Halloween. A short post I wrote after dinner one night was picked up by the interim pastor of my church, and he asked me to share my thoughts on Rethinking Halloween at the end of his sermon during our Halloween/Harvest service. A simple thought now shared with a local church, BAM! That was fast.
- In a youth leaders meeting we had a discussion about making a focus on missions throughout the year of 2012. Throughout this meeting we discussed options. We decided that we would use each quarter as a way to break up how often we do missions. We now have a missions night once a quarter to help our teens build a heart for missions. This week we started this. That’s fast!
- Last year, I asked Jenn to be my wife. It didn’t take long for the news to spread throughout our families, churches, friends, and school. It was like (ask today, the world knows tomorrow!) That was Good News spreading fast!
Is it that we’re doing something special or that God is blessing us in a way no one else can be blessed? Absolutely not. It’s just one simple thing lived out in three different ways.
Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.