The A students make the grades.
The B students make the friends.
But the C students make all the money.
This sagely insight was a mantra of my father as I was growing up. Unfortunately for my kids’ college funds, I seemed to have a pretty good knack for making A’s. Guess I should have taken more geometry.
Like most gross over-generalizations, there is some definitive truth in there. While education is the obvious goal (or at least we’d like to believe), we’ve wrongly defined “educated” as the ability to put A’s on a report card.
We’ve defined the right goal, but have we defined the goal right?
Overlay this thinking onto the church.
Ask any sane evangelical pastor in North America (some days I qualify) and he or she will tell you that the goal of the church is Matthew 28:19.
The Great Commission.
(Oh, and potato salad. Make plenty of potato salad. For the church pitch-ins. Trust me, it’s implied).
The right goal. But have we defined that goal right?
My natural inclination is to see discipleship as an information issue. Take the ignorant, add the info, and out comes a Christ follower. Like making cookies. And who doesn’t like cookies?
And knowledge is incredibly important (don’t overswing the pendulum). But treating discipleship as a predominantly informational issue has led to less than stellar results (at least in my world). The goal becomes more absorption, and less application.We know, but do we really learn?
We become A students with solid report cards displayed proudly on mom’s refrigerator door, while the C students seem to be out there changing the world.
Discipleship is the right goal, but have we defined discipleship right?
I’ve got some emerging theories I’ll share in future posts, but I’d love to hear your thoughts (seriously, type them in). What processes, encounters, relationships, connections, epiphanies have created the greatest long-term God-transformations in you?