Life rarely drifts toward simplicity; instead life generally drifts toward complexity. This is true for organizations, families, and individuals. If simple is good, why do we get so trapped and mired into complexity? The simple answer is, “If we don’t guard against complexity, no one else will.”
Complexity has a number of complicating side effects, one of which is a lack of clarity around what we do and why we do it. Again, this is true for organizations, families, and individuals.
It is easy for an organization like the church to drift into complexity and lose clarity about mission (which is simply the job God has given the church to do). It is good on occasionally (ok, on a regular basis) to refresh the mission of the church and followers of Jesus.
The way mission is phrased at CCC is “inviting people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.” One of the reasons followers of Jesus are reluctant to invite people to church (or to take a step in relationship to/with God) is for fear the invitation will not be accepted.
In part 1 (Invitation RSVP) of CCC’s Refresh series, it was discovered that even Jesus didn’t have a 100% positive invitation RSVP rate. But that didn’t stop him from investing in people and inviting them to follow him.
Take a few minutes to read Luke 18:18-30 and the next step of considering the following questions about investing and inviting.
- What are some things you would say need to be refreshed?
- What are some things you do to refresh yourself?
- What do you think it means to be “religious”?
- Why do you think this “religious’ guy needed to ask Jesus about eternal life?
- What do you think Jesus meant when he said, “only God is good”? How do you think that impacted the guys’ thinking about eternal life?
- Why might Jesus have mentioned the commandments to this guy? How might the commandments connected to the guy’s belief about eternal life?
- Why do you think Jesus mentioned the 5 specific commandments he did? What about the ones he didn’t mention?
- What are your thoughts about the guy saying he had kept all the commandments? Was he saying he was “perfect”?
- Why do you think Jesus told the guy to sell all his possessions? What might he have been revealing about the man’s heart?
- Why do you think the guy went away sad?
- Do you agree the fear of someone declining and invitation should not keep invitations from being extended?
- What next steps will you take to invest & invite?
Just like the religious leader who approached Jesus, there are people today who are curious and even confused about who God is and what God desires. The mission (or job) God has given to the church and individual followers of Jesus is to invest in relationship with people disconnected from God and invite them into a growing relationship with Jesus. Far too many followers of Jesus sit on the sidelines to avoid a declined invitation. Jesus didn’t let it stop him and followers of Jesus shouldn’t let it stop them either.
Today is Monday – make it a day where you take a step to invest & invite!