The new year brings resolutions. Those pesky promises we make to ourselves that end up broken three days into the new year.
This year, I’ve resolved not to make any resolutions. Instead, as I’ve thought about the new year, I’ve had a bunch of questions rattling around in my head. These questions pertain, not just to me, but the church community as a whole. So as the first full week of the new year comes to a close, here are some questions for those of us who claim to be Christ followers to think about.
What would change if we…
… lived the Gospel over just knowing the Gospel?
…became change agents of the kingdom instead of consumers of spiritual goods and services?
…stopped and talked to that homeless person on the corner instead of just handing him some spare change, or simply ignoring him?
…made church a way of life instead of just a series of spiritual events to attend?
…started capital campaigns for urban revitalization (including plans for new churches) instead of building bigger, fancier facilities for ourselves?
…embraced grace instead of trying to be good enough?
…intentionally pursued friendships with those who don’t know Jesus instead of just praying for them and expecting our church to woo them in?
…equipped Christians to live a life on purpose instead of overbooking their already over-crowded schedules with more church events?
…raised our children to follow Jesus instead of relying on church staff to do it?
…took charge of our own spiritual maturation instead of relying on our church leaders to do it for us while we sit in a pew and soak?
…engaged our culture instead of secluding ourselves in the “Christian subculture”?
…emerged from our cocoons and got to know our neighbors and our city?
…wept for our city and engaged its darkness instead of ignoring its sin?
…stopped Tweeting and Facebooking about ourselves and what we’re doing for God and instead let our lives display Christ?
…gave up social media for real community?
…truly made Jesus the one essential for life and for our church? What if we got back to trusting God fully and stop thinking He somehow needs our help?
…actually walked over to the “other side of the tracks”?
…had one triune purpose for life: love God, love people, live on mission with Jesus?
…embraced faith-stretching risk instead of settling for faith-shrinking security?
What if we become the change we seek?
Now it’s your turn. What questions are you thinking about for this new year, and what are you doing about it?