I am back this Monday morning fresh off of being at our National Council for the Christian & Missionary Alliance, the group of churches that our church is a part of. It was a wonderful time of hearing stories about how God is moving, meeting with people, enjoying great worship and more. It was rejuvenating and it was challenging. God always speaks to me through these events, and the quote I want to share was not directly from this week but is one that was reinforced during the week.
"When it comes to following Jesus don't become 'A+ producers' and 'F abiders'." (Unknown)
I know of few statements that describe my life's battle better. I so want this life to be a fruitful, useful life. I want to make a difference. So I work hard. I plan. I work long hours. I brainstorm. I meet with people. I build vision and processes. I make schedules and plans. All of this is good . . . but the thing that makes all the difference is not the great production of my life, but the depth to which I know and experience Jesus Christ.
My first responsibility as a human being is not measured in what I produce, but in how I know and pursue God. This may seem obvious to those well versed in religious life, but too often it is not reflected in my time and energy. Too many A+ producers are worn out, depressed, anxious and tired. I find myself in that place too often. Yet those who abide well are those who seem to have tapped an inexhaustible reserve of energy to love others. The irony is that when we abide with no other purpose than to know Jesus better, we end up as more effective people with far less stress and worry. That is my challenge. To become an "A+ abider" and let God worry about my production.
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