The Power of Ideas: Choose Your Ministry Carefully
Dr. Rod Cooper, the Dean of the Man in the Mirror Faculty, once saw a road sign leading toward Alaska that read, “Choose your rut carefully. You’re going to be in it for a long time.”
Ideas are like that. Ideas are more powerful than labor. Ideas set forces in motion that, once released, can no longer be contained. And once an idea gets “programmed” into our brains, it’s going to be there “for a long time.” Here are some examples…
- “We will put a man on the moon by the end of the decade.” JFK in early 60s
- “A computer in every home and on every desk.” Bill Gates
- “I want to make it possible for anyone in the world to be able to taste a Coke during my lifetime.” CEO, Coca Cola, 1950s
- “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).
- “A disciple-making ministry to men in every church.” NCMM vision statement
- “We have a men’s ministry because we have a small group.” Really? What about the rest of the men in the church?
- Better: “However many men we have in our church, that is the size of our men’s ministry. We have 100 men, so the size of our men’s ministry is 100.”
- “Every willing man in our church and community needs to be discipled.”
- “I could never do that.” Says who?
- Jesus’ idea: “Go and make disciples of everyone” (Matthew 28:19).
Ministry time spent on the wrong idea is a huge waste of your potential and God’s plan. Regrettably, a wrong idea can “feel” just as inspiring as a bad idea—we have all had a tingling epiphany we thought was from God go up in smoke. So, before you give 10 or more years of your life to an idea just because it fires your jets, consider….
- Does it seem to gravitate from God?
- Can I do anything else and be happy?
- Does it square with Scripture?
- Does it pass the scrutiny of good counsel?
- Does it pray out in peace?
Let’s suppose it passes. Then what? Patience. Are you willing to wait for your line to open a hole you can run through, or will you try to bust open a play on your own? Even God’s best ideas often take a long time to develop. Don’t take my word for it. Ask Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, David, Isaiah, or Paul. So, choose your idea carefully. You’re going to be in it for a long time.
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