Thursday, February 2, 2012

it's not about you

This wraps up the end of the vision and values "blog series." To recap, in no particular order, the values that Nativity Missions hold near and dear to our hearts are
partnership -- relationship -- story -- dependence -- growth
prayer -- life-change -- generosity --  focus
and the last value is...

it's not about you
"It's not about you." is the first line of Rick Warren's The Purpose Driven Life. And it's true.

"It's not about you." is the introduction to a book all about living out the calling that God has placed on your life. Living out God's purposes is the only real way to experience true and lasting joy and fulfillment, and it begins by realizing that we're not the center of the universe. God is, God was, and God will always be. God is the main character in the story of your life and of life itself. He's the unbegotten begetter. He's upholding and sustaining creation right now. And he's the only one in control of bringing the world to an end.

Nativity Missions begins with realizing it's not about you. It's a little backwards that this is the last value, because it's foundational not just to Missions work but to Christian life. We are participants in God's story -- granted, we're chosen, adopted, and appointed to do God's work, but it all comes from him and ultimately it's all about him. At Nativity, we care more about seeking and living out God's purposes for our church than we do about personalities, opinions, and ideas that come from men.

"But Peter and the apostles said in reply, 'We must obey God rather than men.'" Acts 5:29

All these values are our attempt to stay obedient to the vision God has called us to pursue:  making Church matter by influencing the world for Christ. I do pray that these values will be absorbed into the culture of your teams and visible by the way you interact with one another.

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