Like you, every day we’re scrambling to navigate the strategic and economic circumstances brought about by the pandemic. Everywhere, including the church, people are stressed over how to gain back momentum or to just stay afloat. Depending on who you read or listen to, most thought leaders and economists say we’re in for an unpredictable, wild ride, this year and maybe the next.
Not what we want to hear. But what can we do?
Go back to the beginning.
Maybe all this uncertainty is forcing us to look again at why we do what we’re doing. What are we really about? Why did we get into this work in the first place? Are our eyes on our bottom line or the finish line?
Jesus was no stranger to crisis, conundrum, and
decision-making on the fly.
He worked with what was handed him and didn’t seem to balk when circumstances or people opposed him. He didn’t resist. He received or redirected. Always moving forward, yet ever-present and never arriving in a rush. He faced storms and stones the way water glides around river rocks.
He kept flowing.
He met life as it was handed to him, trusting the Father to cover the details, like food, clothing, and shelter believing, whatever happened, God would bring things right in its time- though he didn’t seem too preoccupied with when.
Thwarted at most every turn he just kept stating his agenda,
“For the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and to give his life a ransom for many.” Mk 10:45
“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” Lk 19:10
“The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.” Jn 10:10 NLT
There was no panic in his purpose.
Jesus came to serve, seek, save, and bring people a satisfying life- whatever form that took at the moment didn’t seem to matter.
We understand if you’re feeling discouraged or diminished by all the adjusting required right now. We feel it, too. And if you lead a ministry, whether as paid or unpaid staff, we feel your insecurity with the reality of smaller gatherings, fluctuating attendance, the iffy reliance of online community, potentially lower resources, and the constant flow of scientific or political directives.
So, let’s go back to the start.
Why do we do what we do in the first place?
What if we double-checked our motives, and had a come- to -Jesus with our ego? What if we got centered again on our purpose and calling?
What if we simplified our focus back to just serving, seeking, and pointing people to the One who is offering us the most satisfying life we could ever imagine whatever the circumstances?
Let’s hit refresh on our assignment.
And lean hard on God’s faithfulness to somehow, in his way, accomplish his purpose for us- even now- even in this- leaving the timing to him.
Let’s just keep flowing like water over rocks.