Yesterday I posted a quote on my Twitter/FB that garnered some interesting responses. Here’s the quote:
“If we ever get Christianity right, we will have more tax gatherers and sinners around us than religious people.”
One responder posed the question: “Are churched people ready for them?” This sparked my thinking about what do we mean by “ready.” Here’s my thought on this. Feel free to chime in. I would love to have some serious discussion because of its relevance to the mission of the church.
I’m not sure that we will ever be “ready.”
As a Pastor, I’ve heard and even used phrases like “we are getting ready” to do…. or “we are positioning ourselves for……” While I undersand the concept behind it, I have to wonder if being in constant preparation mode hinders us from actually doing something. I’ve preached and blogged many times about the Mission of the church not being optional and how important it is that we keep that mission at the forefront of everything we do.
The reality is, Jesus sent out his early followers whether they were truly ready or not. The opportunities for touching lives presented themselves, and they acted accordingly. Maybe if we capitalized on all of our opportunities with a “ready or not” attitude, we would see greater results. What would have happened if Peter and John had passed by the man at the Beautiful gate in Acts 3 because they didn’t think they were ready? They trusted the Holy Spirit within them to empower them for the task.
As it relates to us being “ready” for the unchurched, maybe we are asking the wrong question. Maybe we should be asking “are they ready for us?” With “such as we have” we should give – ready or not.
What say you?