We eliminate barriers to give people access to Christ.
This week brings me to the end of this fun exercise in meditating on each word of the mission statement. I wrote a few weeks ago about the very small word “to” and it still remains true for me. I said:
I realized that the word “to” connects the first half of the mission statement to our purpose. The first half, “we eliminate barriers” is what we are set on doing. OK…. That gives us something to do. But, is it worth doing? I mean, we could eliminate barriers to make people happy…or to hear cool music every week…or to get a good meal every weekend…or help families have time together in a safe environment…or even help each of us celebrate recovery from the baggage of our lives. But, this small word “to” connects our efforts of “eliminating barriers” to God himself, Jesus Christ. When people are connected to God, we have connected them to everything they need for life and godliness.
It seems appropriate to me that the end of the mission statement is ”Christ.” The ‘end game’ is for people to have a personal relationship with Christ. Christ gives us completeness, forgiveness, a living hope, and the list goes on and on. Colossians 2:9 says:
“For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and you have been given fullness (or completeness) in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority.”
The most basic reading of the New Testament produces pages and pages of all that we have in Christ. So, it makes sense to me to have recently been asked: “If people were to follow you, would they get to Christ?” It struck me as a good way to clarify the end game of my life.
I like the way Eugene Peterson translates the apostle Paul in Colossians 1:28,29 :
“Christ! No more, no less. That’s what I’m working so hard at day after day, year after year, doing my best with the energy God so generously give me.”
So after several weeks of thinking about our mission statement, I feel challenged and grateful. It’s really quite amazing. I am very sure that I want to be a part of this mission. I believe it enough to say “Wii” and I will continue to try to get past the theoretical and keep it simple in my life.
God has generously given us Christ. He has also generously given us the energy that is takes to eliminate barriers to give people access to Christ. To God be the Glory!