Going Out of Your Mind

James 1:22-25

Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you are a listener when you are anything but, letting the Word go in one ear and out the other. Act on what you hear! Those who hear and don’t act are like those who glance in the mirror, walk away, and two minutes later have no idea who they are, what they look like.

But whoever catches a glimpse of the revealed counsel of God—the free life!—even out of the corner of his eye, and sticks with it, is no distracted scatterbrain but a man or woman of action. That person will find delight and affirmation in the action.

When an opportunity to do something emerges that will change the trajectory of a church, the most common response I hear from leaders is “I don’t have time for one more meeting.”

Isn’t it fascinating that as the church has declined in the last fifty years, pastors and church leaders have become much busier.  Some of that is a result of anchoring expectations to a church size much larger than the church actually is. But something even more important is often at work.  Church leaders are often busier talking about ideas than they are at acting on those ideas.  That’s right.  As the church has declined, church leaders have moved more toward ideas to discuss and debate than toward taking actions that have anything to do with the core mission of Christ.

Going Out of Our Minds and Into the WorldI’m delighted to encourage church leaders to stop meeting so much and spend much more time in the presence of people who are not yet aware of Christ’s presence.  Church leaders have a wonderful opportunity every day – going out of their minds and into the lives of people who are all around.

This essential practice reflects exactly what Jesus did when he walked the earth.  Jesus did talk, and he had meetings, but the talk and the meetings were all about bringing people into the Kingdom of God. It is a joy to come back to where we ought to be – walking among people like Jesus did and being the body of Christ out in the world instead of just talking about it inside our church.

It is really ok to go out of our minds and into the world!

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