“Therefore, I tell you do not worry.” -- Luke 12:22
As we approach Easter, I am reminded of an article I once read by Rev. Geoff Surratt. I bring an abridged version of it to you for this month’s pastor’s perspective and I hope you find them to be as much a blessing to you as they were for me:
“I am amazed at all Jesus didn’t do while he was on earth. His public ministry lasted only three years, and in those years, his scope of ministry was incredibly narrow. He is God after all, it seems like he could broaden his scope a little. Think about the things Jesus didn’t do:
He didn’t reform the government.
He didn’t solve orphan care.
He didn’t wipe out poverty.
He didn’t improve medical care.
“He could have ended abuse by the Romans, he could have launched a system of compassionate care for orphans, he could have ended poverty, or he could have instituted medical practices that would save millions of lives.
“But he didn’t.
“Though Jesus had the opportunity, resources and the ability to meet those needs, he limited himself to a very narrow mission: ‘to seek and save the lost.’ Everything he did pointed to that one succinct task. He knew that in this fallen world there would always be hundreds of desperate needs screaming for attention, but only one can be most important. Although he healed people, fed crowds and occasionally raised the dead, Jesus didn’t make any of those the focal point of his time on earth. He knew the more time he spent focusing on secondary issues, no matter how desperate or urgent, the less time he had for the main thing.”
Powerful words, eh? Surratt goes on to suggest that there are always the many things that comprise the business of our days, weeks and years that he refers to as “the Whirlwind.” But he then goes on to ask what would happen if our churches patterned their ministries and their purpose on the very narrow vision of Jesus and developed that one “Wildly Important Goal”.
For us here at Remington United Methodist Church, our one Wildly Important Goal, (WIG) is to build bridges so that those who know Jesus either not at all or very little can come to know him intimately. As we gain momentum moving deeper into the year 2018, I think we should challenge ourselves to be creative and focus on how we can accomplish our WIG. The questions we could ask ourselves might look like this:
- What is the one thing our church absolutely must accomplish in 2018?
- How will we know when we’ve accomplished it?
- How will we measure progress and keep score?
- How will we hold each other accountable to the one thing?
Friends, very few churches have this kind of discipline. Very few have this kind of focus. But those that do are changing the world. I’d like for us to be one of those churches.