Go to those who want you

blog - goGo to those who want you. But especially go to those who want you the most.

This is an old John Wesley principle that speaks to the fact that not everybody is going to like us. Not everybody will give us the time of day. Not everybody will appreciate what we bring to the table.

It’s not just a religious insight, it’s a human insight. Back in the day, companies engaged in mass marketing to hit the middle of the bell shaped curve and offer decent enough products. With limited shelf space and television commercials to choose from, consumers settled for something in the middle of this bell shaped reality. And yet a television show is now a smashing success with less than 1% of the population tuning in. A new product doesn’t need to make it to the shelves of our local Wal Mart; it just needs to find traction with a little tribe who really wants it.

I want to call us to experiment. To be willing to step out and see how God is leading us to create. And innovate. And to find our voice. I don’t want my life to be an echo. I don’t want our ministry to be a cheap knock-off of some great original. I don’t want our leaders so crippled by fear that we shy away from trying things because we’re afraid of the critics’ reviews from the middle of the bell shaped curve.

Do you have an idea for a microchurch that only 1% of the population would ever take seriously? It just might change the world. Do you envision an approach you’ve never seen done? Go read the Bible; that’s how God rolls. Are you holding off because of the intimidation of the big belly of the bell shaped curve? Enough is enough.

It’s why I love this word go. We don’t simply move for the sake of moving, but we realize that Jesus said, as the Father sent Me, so I send you. Do you have any idea how many of our problems and how much of our soul-dullness is the result of our failure to embrace our sentness?

I dare you to look for the clues to your calling and say this: “Here I am; send me.”

I realize everybody is not ready. And I accept the fact that everybody will not like us. But we don’t make our impact in the middle of the bell shaped curve. Just give us a God-inspired 1% or 5% who really, really want it, and watch us change the world.

Hey leaders, stop wasting your life trying to entertain the lukewarm.

Who “wants you”? Who wants Him? Who’s hungry? Who’s listening? Who’s broken? Who’s interested? Who’s curious? Let’s go.

2 Replies to “Go to those who want you”

  1. “I want to call us to experiment. To be willing to step out and see how God is leading us to create. And innovate. And to find our voice. I don’t want my life to be an echo. I don’t want our ministry to be a cheap knock-off of some great original. I don’t want our leaders so crippled by fear that we shy away from trying things because we’re afraid of the critics’ reviews from the middle of the bell shaped curve.”

    “Do you have an idea for a microchurch that only 1% of the population would ever take seriously? It just might change the world. Do you envision an approach you’ve never seen done? Go read the Bible; that’s how God rolls. Are you holding off because of the intimidation of the big belly of the bell shaped curve? Enough is enough.”

    “I dare you to look for the clues to your calling and say this: “Here I am; send me.””

    “Hey leaders, stop wasting your life trying to entertain the lukewarm.”

    Ummm, P. Mike, you probably will not realize the extent to which this blog post has blessed me in this pivotal point in my life. But God knows! Those quotes above resonate with me the most! You read my mail. What’s more, I’m doing something with what you shared. I’m going!:

    I am going to “see how God is leading [me] to create” no longer crippled by the fear that some just might not get it. I’ve looked for the clues to my calling and am responding, more today than ever before, “Here I am; send me!” In doing so, I will not tickle the ears of the lukewarm, but prayerful igniting a flame in their hearts for the ways of God that will encourage them to burn…burn for something more than this world can give. But, my focus is on those who “want me most.” I need to be a faithful steward of what God has gifted me.

    Thank you, P. Mike. God bless you, and may he continue to amplify His voice in your heart, giving you the grace you need in order to “Go to those who want you most.” To Him be the glory! Holy Spirit, have your way!

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