We're laser focused right now on our 2016 Vision as a church - Granger Community Church. his past weekend our senior pastor, Mark Beeson, urged each of us to ask "What do I want to see different in my own life by 2016? How much more loving and patient will I be? How will I be more like Jesus?"
I reread an article I wrote some time ago and reflected again...
In Matthew 4.18-20… Jesus looked past Peter's fishing nets, the smelly boats, the sun-beaten face… and saw someone who was not wise by human standards; not influential; not of noble birth. And said, “Come, follow me and I will make you fishers of men.”
Jesus' focus was on Himself, on His call, and His ability to transform. He was not focused on the innate ability of this man to get it right. Jesus looked past those things that might hinder the cause and saw his potential.
Consider the characteristics we captured in a few of Peter's "finer" moments in this earlier post. That's the Peter I see (and that's a lot of the me I see, too). But, what do you suppose Jesus saw?
- Someone who heard every word, even if he put the emphasis in the wrong place – he was listening.
- Someone with leadership, even if it was a bit arrogant and self-seeking at times – he was already exercising great influence.
- Someone who would take a while to really lock into who he was – but when he got it, he would have it.
- Someone who talked a lot, for most any reason, but who could rally a team around an idea and make it happen.
- Someone who was quick to proclaim loyalties with little idea of the cost, but once he understood suffering, he would be a world-wide encourager.
- Someone who lacked self-control, but whose passion could be redirected and remain white hot.
Check out Matthew 16.13-20… Jesus is asking his disciples who people believe he is. The answers vary: Elijah, Jeremiah or one of the other prophets. Then, he presses them: “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Now, notice what Jesus does. I don’t want to miss the magnitude of Peter's confession here – it’s big, it’s huge…someday it will change Peter’s life and thousands after him – as it’s changed ours.
Watch. Listen. Jesus affirms the miraculous revelation from his Father. Then, he builds into Peter. He speaks value and hope and purpose into his life.
- “You are Peter, on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven…”
What might happen if we began to look at people around us… not as they are, but as they could be, as they will be?
- Other family members?
- Ministry team members?
- Work associates / team members?
What if we literally wrote a God-lens profile on each of them – not a profile of what we see currently, but of what we might see down the road. And we began to speak the words of this hope and vision into their lives. What if we began to treat them as though they were already there.
It won’t happen in mass. It will happen life on life. One individual at a time.
Who is it in my family, on my ministry team, or in my friendship circle that I will build into... because I embrace a God-sized vision for their already-packed-into-them God-potential?