Thursday, April 17, 2008

Re-read the first line

Back in 2002 Rick Warren, came out with a book called the "Purpose Driven Life." This book literally flew off the shelves selling well over 25 million copies by 2006. Apparently people are hungry to make sense of their lives on this find purpose!

The first line of the book, cuts to the chase by saying, "It's not about you. The purpose of your life is far greater than your own personal fulfillment, your peace of mind, or even your happiness."

I had an interesting thought today as I read Galatians 6:10. It says " we have opportunity let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers." My thought is this, the "Church" (that is all of us believers and local expressions and assemblies of believers) needs to re-read the first line of Warren's book and apply it.

I wonder what would happen in Charlotte if every Pastor and Church realized that statement as truth and began to live it out? Pastors--It's not about you! Churches--It's not about you. There is something greater at risk than the construction or preservation of our own private empires!
Trust me, I know that it's simple to say, yet due to the texture of our culture and because of the ego's of men, it is much tougher to practise. Make no mistake, I know this because I fight that battle too. But I do long for the day when the pastors and churches in our city raise up a unified banner that promotes Jesus. When that happens I think our city will stand up and take notice!!


Josh Via said...

Hey man, you're exactly right. If we could all join forces and stop acting like we're all on different teams we could accomplish so much more for the kingdom of God.

On another note, I was in a Books-a-Million today and heard a lady browsing over my shoulder and mumbling to herself, "Where's that book by, oh, what's his name? ... Warren, I think." And sure enough, she pulled off the shelf, Purpose Driven Life like it was a gem that she was searching for. It's pretty cool to see the effect Warren's book has had after 6 years.

Blessings bro. .josh.

Anonymous said...

as usual you're right on bro. thanks for reminding us all & THANKS for being a great example of this!

Anonymous said...

"Let them be ONE so that the world will know."

It's a plea with a promise.


Patti's Chat said...

Very well said Chris!