The other day my neighbor asked me to help move a couch. On Craigslist he purchased the biggest couch I think I have ever seen which he then somehow managed to cram in his minivan. How that happened I am still not sure, the Honda Odyssey now coughs when it runs. Nevertheless, it got there and my neighbor asked hey, could you help me get this through the door?
Now, I am a Christian, but Jesus does not always make it into my first thought. I saw the size of the couch, and my neighbor is not exactly cut. My faith spoke, thankfully, before my brain did and we proceeded to try and get the couch through the door.
It did not go well. We wrestled, twisted. We turned the couch over. It was not happening. It was like finding the high school outfit in the attic box and trying it on, or Melissa McCarthy trying to work her way into a…no no no no no.
As a last resort, we disassembled the couch on the driveway and brought it in. Here is the deal – now we have a story. He asked for help. I went along. Now, we have a story and those build friendships
My experience of Jesus is he works the same way.
Bible stories pop to mind of questions Jesus asked. Jesus asked – Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your lifespan? Matt 6:27 – Do you believe I can do this? (Matt 9:28) – What profit would there be for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? (Matt 16:26)
The ask is an invite, the question an invitation to know the asker in a greater way. When we say yes the direct connection will change us in a way God uses for the good.
For those of you that know me, you know that over the last year much of my prayer and thought has gone to what makes for the most powerful Christians? What are the moments where God moves the heart in such a way it cannot go back to what it was?
One of the answers, I think, Jesus is showing to many is a direct connection between the Christian in the church and the Christian missionary in the field. We live in a time where – the less missional church – unintentionally gets in the way.
So if you are someone who finds yourself stuck or searching for the more that never seems to avail itself, I would encourage you to ask – what missionary does Jesus want me to know? The direct connection will change you, and the questions Jesus asks in return can set a whole new course.
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