The Irrefutable Mission of Your Church
Suppose you wanted to start a company to make computers. You put together a business plan to manufacture 100,000 computers over the next 5 years. You raised $100,000,000 from an investor. Five years later your investor returns and asks for a report. You say, “We’re doing great! We did it! We produced 100,000 units! We made 15,000 refrigerators, 10,000 toasters, 21,000 microwave ovens, 50,000 lava lamps, and we’re up to 4,000 computers!
Your investor replies, “Wow, 4,000 computers. That’s only 4% of what you projected.”
“Oh yes,” you say, “but look at all the other useful things we’ve produced!”
“That’s wonderful,” says he, “but I was planning to use those computers to change the world. Now it cannot happen. You’ve made the world more comfortable. I wanted to make it different.”
For 2,000 years we (the church) have only had one business plan: “Go and make disciples.” (Matthew 28:18-20). Our investor, Jesus, could have directed us to make anything he wanted. He could have said, “Go and make workers,” or “Go and make worshippers.” He didn’t. Of course, he’s interested in workers and worshippers, but Jesus knew we won’t get workers by trying to make workers. Instead, we get workers by making disciples. Everything falls into place when we make disciples. True disciples can’t wait to work (and worship, tithe, serve, perform social justice, evangelize, love one another, and so on).
So the question is, “What are you doing with the money our investor has entrusted to you?” Are you investing it like he told you to? How you answer will determine whether you change the world, or merely make it more comfortable. Making disciples is the irrefutable mission of your church.
For the glory of Christ and no other reason,
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