It’s Monday. For many, that thought comes with at least a tinge of anxiety. Ready or not, the grind of the work week has resumed! I have the privilege of spending some time on Monday preparing for what’s next for our ministry. It is vitally important that planning for what’s next doesn’t merely mean for this week or even for this month. By what’s next I am thinking about what initiatives would most benefit from my attention as a leader. Presently, one of those areas is deliberately increasing the development of leaders within our church.
Think about this for a moment. In Jesus’ unique ministry on earth he accomplished something only he could. There could only be one Savior of the World! As the Son of God he fulfilled things only partially glimpsed, understood, or fulfilled in all of human history before him. In Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection is God’s gift for life instead of death for everyone who trusts him.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16 ESV)
Now, here’s the part that seems a little bit crazy to me: Jesus earned the potential salvation of every man, woman, and child who would ever live and God’s only plan to deliver that potential gift is handed off to people.
Please let that set in. God loves the world so much, he would give his own Son (Jesus) to die in your place. Jesus, willingly chose to lay down his life to die in your place. The only way that you will ever know this good news is if someone cares enough about you to share it with you.
This is why I unreservedly share we have the greatest mission in the world. What’s more, our hope in Jesus isn’t just for an improved life, but for eternal life! This is why I don’t hesitate to claim we have the greatest promise in the world! Lastly, by believing in Jesus we don’t just inherit a life without ending, we inherit a never-ending relationship with the God who loves us enough to die in our place. In him we have the greatest reward!
What if this greatest mission, promise, and reward fueled your passion for and provided meaning to your week?
It is this belief in our mission as a church to help others meet, know, and follow Jesus that provides the context for leadership development. There is no greater leadership challenge in existence than the one entrusted to Jesus followers. Jesus is the hope of the world and his church (those who follow him) is his only plan to help a world that needs him, find him.