Time to give things away

Time to give things away
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A dream convinced me it’s time to give things away

Recently, a ridiculous dream that convinced me it’s time to give things away. I’m not the kind of guy who reads a lot into dreams. For the most part they are just our brain’s way of dealing with all the ideas and data floating around in our heads. However, this dream had an important message for me.

In my dream our church was doing a musical?!? (Apparently, there were several levels of ridiculous in this dream!) I was directing this musical. I was in the middle of working with individual actors on their parts. (As with most dreams, there was a sense of continuity — I understood why I was directing and what was going on even though I was just dropped into the middle of it.)

The next actor to walk in to work with me was Olivia Wilde!?!

Of course, this made perfect sense in the dream. I took a few minutes to tell her how appreciative I was to be working with her. I began sharing with her my grand vision for that scene…

Then (you guessed it), I woke up!

I would love to have a chance to talk with Olivia Wilde — or just about anybody — about what Jesus has done for us. I could probably do a pretty good job at that. But, of course, I have no business directing her, or any other Hollywood and Broadway star, in a musical!

Doing things I’m not best at

As I thought about my dream, I realized I have made a habit at our church of doing things I’m not the best at. I’ve been pretty good at a lot of them — sometimes by just working harder. However, if I take myself and others seriously, I’m doing some things that are probably as silly as directing Olivia Wilde.

This afternoon a group of musicians was rehearsing at church for an event we have coming soon. I showed up to see how their rehearsal was going. They played part of one of the songs they are working on. They sounded GREAT!!! I couldn’t have added a thing. When they finished and I told them how impressed I was, I was reminded that I need to find more responsibilities to give away.

This is a big year for our church. We just signed a two-year lease. We want to be ready to find a new home that can really reflect who we are at the end of 2021. If that’s going to happen, it’s time to give things away. I am going to have to give many of my current responsibilities away to people who can do a better job than I can. I think me working harder has accomplished just about as much as it can. Now it’s time to be the body of Christ.

In Ephesians 4:11-12, Paul wrote:

And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ (ESV)

Working hard not to work so hard

The last thing I would ever do is say that anyone at CrossRoads has not pulled their weight. We have one of the most dedicated, hard-working churches around. That’s why our church of about one hundred people on Sunday mornings has touched lives around the world in ways that many churches ten times our size have not. But this year I am working hard to not work so hard because my working hard is holding us back. Instead of working harder, I’m going to follow Paul’s advice and work at getting more people working. And, I’m going to need your help doing that!

As you pray for CrossRoads Church this year, ask God to give us wisdom. We are going to be intentionally deciding what is most important to us as we move forward. Then, we are going to be finding the best ways to involve ALL of us in doing the important things we need to do to bring God’s kingdom.

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