While in flight the other day I read an interesting statistic: An average honey bee will produce approximately 1/13 of a teaspoon of honey in its lifetime.
While some may think this is insignificant…it is not. The one bee understands that his part contributes to the greater good of the whole and so she works feverishly to pull her weight and complete her life-long (about 6 weeks) mission.
It got me thinking. What will I produce in a lifetime? What will you produce in a lifetime? What will we invest ourselves in wholeheartedly? What tribe, or hive, will we become a part of where we may not be everything, but at least we can add our 1/13 to the greater good?
The Kingdom of God isn’t about “what’s in it for me”…it’s about how can I serve what’s in me to the world. Get involved somewhere. Start producing something for the greater good of the Kingdom. Get busy investing yourself in His work!
PS – Don’t worry about the critics…they don’t produce…they pollute.
The Message? It’s simple…it’s Good News! The Message should never change. It is the love of Christ. It is the Kingdom of God! It is John 3:16…”For God…SO LOVED THE WORLD…that He gave His only begotten Son…that whosoever believes on Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” Keep the message…well, The Message!
The Mission? It’s also simple…it’s public and it’s not about you. It’s about them. Who? Them! The ones who still don’t know the message, who live in darkness when Light is available…who live without hope when Hope has come. Jesus gave us our mission…we’ve called it The Great Commission (Jesus didn’t call it that)…He simply said it…GO…”Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20)
The Mosaic? It’s a little more complex…but beautiful nonetheless! The Mosaic is you and I…the ones who have entered into the Kingdom of Light and now are commissioned to spread that Light. What’s beautiful about it? It’s beauty is found in its diversity. Mosaic means (in this context); to be composed of a combination of diverse elements. We are different…we come from different cultures…different socio-economic statuses…different perspectives…different personalities. Some of us are thin…some of us are robust. Some of us are black…some of us are white. Some of us are male…some of us are female. Some of us are outspoken…some of are introspective. Some of us are artists…some of us are CEOs. We are ONE BODY! ONE MOSAIC that makes up the Body of Christ. It is an amazing thing…that God would use such a diverse group of people to communicate His Message and fulfill His Mission. Paul said; “Now all of you together are Christ’s body, and each one of you is a separate and necessary part of it.” (1 Corinthians 12:27) Embrace the Body today…even when the other parts don’t look or love exactly like you!
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Where do you sit?
Your seat, the place where you sit, says a lot about your soul.
The Bible has a lot to say about where you sit as well. The disciples’ mother was concerned about where her “Sons of Thunder” would sit. Jesus instructed us on where to sit when we are invited to a wedding banquet. The Psalmist tells us the blessing that comes when we don’t sit in certain seats. But…this is not about those seats.
My favorite scripture on sitting is in Ephesians. Written from a prison with a perspective from Paradise, the Apostle Paul tells us; “…But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus…” Ephesians 2:4-6
This is where you should be sitting…in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus! It’s a better place to sit…better view…better perspective…better understanding…a better seat.
Take Your Seat!
Have you ever been in a moment or watched one unfold in which a certain outcome seemed imminent and then an unexpected factor is added which shifts the game?
That my friends is a Game Changer. The simple definition is: a person, an idea or an event that completely changes the way a situation develops.
Game Changers can have a positive or negative impact on the situation…either way they shift the outcome of the situation. You’ve seen it before…a bad call in a sports game (not bitter, but Superbowl XL is a prime example)…or an incredible play that shifts momentum (Onside kick by the Saints in Superbowl XLIV)…football is my favorite sport thus the football examples. However, this Game Changer phenomena runs in all areas of life…business, marriage, finances, and faith…yes faith.
According to Hebrews 11:1, “Faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not yet seen”. So faith has an expectation of a particular outcome…sometimes an impossible outcome. The situation may be presenting an inevitable ending…but your faith is engaged in a hopeful expectation for a different ending. How do you obtain the outcome you desire?
You need a Game Changer.
Enter Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is the Game Changer for the believer.
I’m tempted at this point to break into all the scriptures pertaining to the Holy Spirit and the believer…but I’m not gonna. Part of the beauty of faith is discovery through searching the scriptures. Take some time this weekend to really meditate and search the scriptures on the role of the Holy Spirit in your personal life.
Renew your intimacy with the third part of the Trinity…The Ultimate Game Changer, the Holy Spirit!
I am a part of the Starbucks Tribe! I love Starbucks…that is a fact.
I don’t just love them because they make great coffee…which they do. I love them because of their swagger…their attitude…I love them because people hate them. I love them because they stand for something. I love them because they decided they would make a global impact and they are without making apologies.
I just finished reading an article in Success Magazine titled, “Heart of the Brand”, by Success writer John H. Ostdick. It’s an account of Shultz’s journey to regain the soul of Starbucks as he stepped back in at the helm again. It is a great read. It made me think about the local church (the hope of the world), her soul, and how she compares to the soul of Starbucks. Here are a few of my thoughts.
PASSION: Starbucks lives and breathes to create an experience around coffee. Shultz in his new book Onward writes; “When I wholeheartedly believe in something, I can be relentless in my enthusiasm, passion and drive to bring it to life.” Now, I am not gonna hate on the man, but he is talking about coffee.
We as the church are supposed to live and breathe to create experiences around Christ. He is the only Way…the only Truth…the only Life. I am challenged by Howard’s passion for coffee…my passion for Christ should eclipse his. His passion, in this context, is temporary…our’s is eternal.
PURITY: Not really talking about sexual abstinence here…but rather, purity of purpose. Shultz was willing to do whatever he needed to get Starbucks back to the purity of the purpose…the purity of the product. He had recognized that the soul of Starbucks was waning. His commitment to the product led him to close all 7,100 stores for 3 hours in February of 2010 to retrain about 135,000 partners (Starbucks calls all “employees”…”partners”). For perspective, if every employee made $9/hr, that one evening of training would have cost Starbucks 3.6 million in payroll alone…without even one penny of revenue. That’s commitment…that’s investment.
What about us, the church? We struggle to give 10% in tithe. We struggle to pay the price to invest in the experience…the Christ experience. We allow too many things to come in and cloud the main thing. The purity of our “product” is compromised by the pursuit of programs. We gotta get back to the basics. What would it look like if we committed to shutting down the machine to retrain our partners?
POSITION: Make no mistake, Shultz has a position…Starbucks is the best coffee in the world. His position is clear in this revelation from the Success article; “Part of the reason he is successful is that Shultz takes his business very personally. He admits to confronting people he knows when he catches them with a competitor’s product in their hands because “it pisses me off”. LOL! I love that kind of position.
Imagine now if we, the church, took the same kind of stance. Do we believe there is only One Way like Schultz believes there is only one coffee? When we see the world partaking of the other guys religion does it give us a gut check enough to confront the situation? Does it “piss you off”. Strong language, I know…but it’s what Schultz said about a cup of coffee…can we get a little indignant about the state of those going to hell?
Maybe a rant but hopefully a re-ignition of your love for the things of God.