While the Cubs are my least favorite baseball team (In Chicagoland it is anathema to “cheer for both teams”), I have been watching intently the progress of this baseball philosophy. Though they've struggled, they seem to be nearing a point of thriving.
As a pastor I have wondered if there is anything to learn from this philosophy of business. I have been reading and reflecting on Colossians 1:28-29 in the last week or so. For me, it serves as an overview of what I do as a pastor. “We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ. For this purpose also I labor, striving according to His power, which mightily works within me.”
My goal is to clearly and compellingly proclaim Christ and Him crucified. As that is done, both publicly and privately I seek to admonish and teach every person. Admonition is speaking out against sin and calling a person to repentence. Teaching is the positive aspect--the idea of showing a person which way to go. All of this is done with a singular purpose: “so that we may present every man complete in Christ.” What does it mean to be “complete” in Christ? Another very good way to translate this word is “mature.” The goal is maturity in Christ.
If I were to sit down with each one of you in our congregation like the Cubs management did with their players, what would we find in terms of areas of strength and weakness? Whatever we would find, it would be a great privilege of mine to apply the Good News of Jesus to your particular situation. Verse 29 shows us where the power comes. My biggest concern regarding this topic is that we would tend to see maturity in Christ as becoming an almost sinless person. A mature person in Christ recognizes his or her desperate need for grace. If the goal is maturity in Christ, where are you on that path and how can you move towards maturity? Next question: what can I, as your pastor, do to help you along that way? Let me know by leaving your comments below, in person, or by email.