Post # 664
As a couple of you have noticed, a little bit ago, I posted a couple of blogs on work that I decided to protect by password. This might seem an odd move, but I had reasons, not the least of which was that I wanted to get some negative things off my mind.
So, although this is the 4th recent, work-related post visible to the public, it is the 6th total. In this one, I want to consider a bit more what I was writing about here–the hub or center of things.
In the work environment,
- if money is central, people are devalued, and there may be palpable effect on morale
- if process is central, people and product are both devalued
- if product is central, assessment and quality control may eclipse deeper, more long-term growth in people
- if hierarchy is central, ideas and common sense may be subjugated to protocol
- if ideas are central, those with left-brain gifts in planning may be left out in the cold, and nothing may ever be accomplished
- if the “doers” are central, those with ideas may be marginalized even worse
Much of the above can also apply to churches. In churches, if a pastor or preacher views himself as the center, that creates a dynamic and a set of expectations. If a disgruntled member views himself as the center, that too creates a set of expectations.
In August last year, I listed ten possible “centers” for churches. No. 3 in that list was Jesus. It was intentional that He wasn’t placed first or last but in the middle—indicative of about how much consideration He seems to get in church goings-on. The question remains, though: what if Jesus is really at the center? How does that alter our procedures? Our pressing concerns? Our outlook?
Frank Viola and Len Sweet recently published Jesus Manifesto, and I’m of the impression that this book has begun to sweep through the ranks of those who call themselves Christian but who are at various points along the way with regard to truly giving all allegiance, all thought-ties, all lasting adoration to Jesus.
Jesus as center. It seems an appropriate way to address Jesus in worship, too. . . .
Jesus, be the centre
Be my source, be my light
Jesus, be the centre
Be my hope, be my song
Be the fire in my heart
Be the wind in these sails
Be the reason that I live
Words and music by Michael Frye
© 1999 Vineyard Songs