Reading in the Gospel of John these days. This morning I came
across the following laser sharp words that Jesus directed at
the religious establishment of his day:
...you accept praise from one
yet make no effort to obtain the
praise that comes from the only God?
When I consider the different groups of people that Jesus engaged and I try to figure out which group I would fit into, I'd really like to
hope that I'd fit into the 'disciple' group, but I have a fear
that drives me to conviction and watchfulness that I'm on the
edge of falling into the 'religious establishment' group. Two thousand years ago, Jesus spoke those
brutally loving words to the guys who had the most to lose.... and I can easily imagine him speaking them to those
of us entrenched in organized Christianity today.
We commend each other heartily and are delighted
when our peers think we're cutting edge, latest-thinking,
missional people of ministry. But how often do we actually set
policy, shape vision and apply resources with the specific goal
of hearing God say "well done!" ?
Guilty as charged. And again grateful for the
powerful, penetrating, life-changing Word.