According to the US Department of Transportation 83% of Americans own a registered automobile.
Cars transformed how we think about getting places.
Several years ago I went to watch the NCAA Men’s Basketball South Regional Finals in Memphis, TN with my sister. It was a last minute trip, planned because our beloved Tarheels were playing. I hopped in my car and drove to Memphis. It took a few hours, but I got there.
The introduction of GPS navigation has again provided further evolution in how we get places. We simply punch in an address or a point of interest … and we’re on our way.
The car and GPS navigation has resulted in this: we travel with a hyper-focus on our destination.
This way of navigating our world has started permeating other areas of our lives. We are, for better or worse, goal-oriented. Our spiritual lives, our families, and careers have directions and ends to them.
But something is being sacrificed in this hyper-focus on the destination: it’s the journey.
Over the past few weeks I’ve began some new research on a project that I’m writing for. As I working with one concept, it struck me : the Gospel is not a destination, it is a journey.
I tell people in leadership always that you can manage one of two things: the process or the product.
If you manage the product, you allow those you’re leading to innovate and find their own solutions and answers as they produce. As a manager choosing to manage the product, you do not get to take credit for the product. The product is the sole responsibility of the capacity, ingenuity, and creativity of the those involved with it’s production.
If you choose to manage the process, however, you are completely responsible for the product. As the leader, you are involved with the decisions along the way. While those carrying out the decisions may have input, your final stamp of approval allows you to oversee the development of the product. At the end of production, if your product is a success, it’s a direct reflection on your leadership. However, if your product fails, it’s nobodies fault except your own.
Scripture never sets forth a punch list or product description for the completed product, even though it is quite easy to interpret much of it as such. In a beautiful contradiction, scripture sets forth Jesus and asks us to follow Him.
The Gospel is not a destination, it is a journey.
God never says to us: “When it’s all finished with you, this what you’re going to look like. Go and make it happen.” When we create lists, fashion concepts, or factor images of God’s finished product in our lives, we enlist ourselves into pursuing these on our own. The product becomes the pursuit.
Jesus should ALWAYS be our pursuit.
He will manage the product. He takes responsibility over our lives. He never fails.
The Gospel is a journey. Enjoy it.
Questions To Consider:
1. Have you bought into some definition of who you are that you’re pursuing on your own?
2. Are you letting Jesus in on your journey (your process)?