Cyberspace is very quiet! Where is everyone, are there no travelers on the information superhighway? Since I posted my first each ONE REACH one blog, no-one has replied! I thought blogs were about conversations, not monologues!!!!
Maybe the questions I have been asking are not unique?
Someone leant me a book a while back – a short one ‘cos otherwise I’d probably not have read it! It was by Mark Greene, and called “Imagine – how we can reach the UK.” [It is usually the titles of books that do the most for me – when I left the NAO to move here, my old pastor gave me a book called “The art of pastoring – without the answers!”] The idea of being imaginative and creative got me thinking – with such a creative God, such a fantastic role model to follow, how can we be creative with the timeless truths we’ve been entrusted?
Paul wrote to the Corinthian church to “set forth the truth plainly for God has made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God.” (2 Cor 4:2 & 6 paraphrased). When I think of this, I think of Aesop’s fable, of the wind and the sun competing and battling to get a traveler’s cloak off. The wind battered the individual, and the traveler pulled his cloak tighter; the sun sweated, and the traveler voluntarily took his cloak off.
The message of Christianity is true! Jesus really lived, really died and really rose again, it was an event in history. It is an event that gives real hope for a hurting world, and when we realise what we’ve been rescued from and for what, we should be the happiest people on the planet (or at least in Preston!!!) In fact we should be so happy, that we shine infectiously so people see something attractive in us that makes them want to know more.
And this is what excites me now, that we are seeing this happening. each ONE REACH one was an idea I began to develop into a missionary approach last year from the idea “Imagine – what if we each reached one person?”
- If you could reach one person, who would it be?
- If you could reach one person, what would you have to do differently to what you do now?
- How can you invest in someone’s life over the next 12-months to walk with them towards Jesus?
It was from this that the creative thinking sprang. Christianity, and being part of an incredible family should be attractive, it should be fun, yes fun! It should also be natural, not forced, pressurised or heavy, but an integrity that says this is real, it’s the best thing you could ever do, but it’s your choice.
That’s not to ignore the battles of life – but as that great philosopher Adrian Plass wrote, “you need the joy to bear the pain and sorrow!” And that’s why each ONE REACH one is about intentionally journeying with people toward Jesus, something that we’ve developed and still are developing here at FFMC, and something that I’ll talk about more in my next blog!
But for now, how can you shine with an attractiveness that makes being a Christian the best choice anyone can ever make?