What if you made it your goal to get fired by the end of the year?
Not from being lazy or due to a moral failure, but terminated because you disrupted the community. I’ve never talked to a leader or a pastor who has said they wished their community would stop following Jesus so intensely. I’ve never said that about any community I’ve been part of and I definitely have never said that about myself.
There is a universal consensus that the local church isn’t what it should be. We may differ on the details, but we can all agree that we fall short both as communities and as leaders.
What if you fully lived out your calling as a teacher? a leader? an artist?
Without fear of what someone will say or how things are perceived, but in confidence of your true identity. We hide behind notions that we can’t without coming across as too brash or without alienating someone. If I lived into my full calling being a jerk isn’t an option.
What if we didn’t worry about job security?
Instead of being so concerned with our next step in ministry we thought about how we equip others for ministry. How we can we give those that lead us a valid excuse to fire us because there is someone else or a group that is able to do our job.
Normally when I read or hear something of this nature I roll my eyes or tune them out. The sad thing is that I didn’t used to do that. When I heard someone speak boldly and talk about being willing to lose everything for the sake of Christ I was moved and challenged, now I think about retirement funds and housing markets.
I am not miserable but I might be comfortable and comfortable is a worthless place.