Do you remember the story we heard growing up about the little Boy, I think a “Dutch boy”, who saw a small leak in the dam and tried to plug it with his finger, and then there was another, and then another? Have you ever felt that way in life? How about in the matter of Christian ministry? I certainly have. It seems like as soon as you solve one problem, another one pops up.
A number of years ago I was at a conference where a man named Ron Lewis said, “The main thing is to keep the main thing, the main thing.” That is a great word, but what is the main thing? I believe if we define the main thing in terms of our purpose in this world, the main thing is to “Glorify God.” We have been created for that purpose. If the main thing is defined in terms of our mission, then I believe the main thing is to “Make disciples” of every ethnic group. (Matthew 28:18-20).
At Church Unleashed where I serve as pastor, we have defined our purpose as “To Know Him and to Make Him Known.” We have defined our missional responsibility to be “To be a disciple of Christ, and to make disciples.” We want to be a part of reaching the world one person at a time.
But it seems the enemy runs around creating problems to solve. It is as if he knows if he keeps us distracted plugging holes in the dam we will not be very effective in fulfilling our purpose and our mission in this world. Maybe we should remember Matthew 6:33 where it seems Jesus said “if you will make it your number one priority to do My business, I will take care of all your business.”
Nehemiah modeled this. One of my favorite parts of that story in the Bible is when Nehemiah says, “Oh, NO, at ONO.” There are some folks who have little in common except their common enemy, Nehemiah. They come to Nehemiah in the region of Ono and ask him to come down from the wall he is leading the people of God to rebuild around Jerusalem. “Come down and talk to us.” Nehemiah says, “No way. God’s work is too important to waste time with you.” (My paraphrase.)
I am resolved today to remember, “If a man’s ways are pleasing to God, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.”