I love the power of a great partnership. In fact, CityCom was launched under a “co-pastor” structure for that very reason. We believe in the power of relationships, of mutual submission. The Bible says that one can put 1,000 to flight, but two 10,000 (Deut. 32:30). That’s good math.
But I also know the fallen, broken, ugly residue of raw humanity that resides deep inside of me. We can leverage relationships to raise the water level for everyone, or we can manipulate relationships for our own personal gain. I don’t ever want to be defined by the worst that’s in me.
That’s why every time we meet with someone we intentionally try to mine out the gold that’s been Divinely placed inside of them. What natural abilities reside within? What passions wake them up in the morning? Who has God created them to be? And then…how can I help mine that out, give it legs, connect the dots.
There is a tendency in volunteer run ministry to only see people as commodities (we would never admit it, but often our actions say something completely different). That their gifts can only unfold in ways that help us achieve our goals or manage our responsibilites (usher, nursery worker, small group leader, or member of the church music team to name just a few). That their potential for in life only rises as high as the church systems that are always hungry for more “people power.”
Don’t get me wrong, our churches need volunteers and I believe everyone should be serving in the church in some capacity. But Jesus didn’t call us to just sustain church infrastructures, He called us to be the Church. To be salt and light. To be in the culture. To use the things He placed inside of us to bring His beauty and life into the world. And that requires us to see people beyond what they bring to us personally.
The potential of people, the people you are in contact with each and every day, is an undiscovered resource often laying dormant beneath the surface, waiting to be unearthed. How can you help those around you become all that God created them to be…whether it benefits you in any tangible way or not?
What would the world look like if every Christ-follower was living at their highest potential?
“Look for the best in each other, and always do your best to bring it out.” (1 Thes. 5:15 MSG).