“Good is the Enemy of Great!” This is quote from the groundbreaking research of Jim Collins in his book Good to Great. At first it sounds ridiculous, but as you ponder it the truth of the statements starts to hit home. If things are “good” we are much less likely to take the actions needed to make things better. The change to make things great feels risky and could turn out bad. Who wants to risk bad when things are currently good?
‘Good is the enemy of Great’ has been resonating in my head a lot lately. We have a really good country so we’ve stopped taking the risks needed and as a result have lost a lot of our “greatness.” This isn’t a political statement and I do realize one candidate claims to be able to make America “great” again. The same is true in the church. We have had a good run as a Christian church in the United States. We’ve developed cultural and societal norms around the core truth of our Triune God. But we became comfortable in that and stopped leading with courage. As a result, we have lost a generation or more of believers in what is being called the “nones” because they claim no religious affiliation.
So what about right here at home? What about Cross? Cross has been a really good Church and School. I would say it has been one of, and at times, the primary leader of Christian influence in Kendall County for 135 years! But are we still willing to make the sacrifices, and take the risks that have allowed us to endure other tumultuous times in our community and nation? Are we willing to invest in God and His truth ABOVE the desires of the flesh in this world so we can be great for the Lord? Or, are we satisfied with being a good church?
In Luke 12:13-21 Jesus tells a parable about a farmer who gets a bumper crop and then saves it so he can have a good life for himself. It doesn’t end so “good”. God challenges us, deep within our spirit to be rich towards Him and stingy towards the world. Not that things in this world don’t matter, they do, greatly but, things in this world are temporary. They come to an end. The things of God go on forever. In this fast-paced world it is easy to feel like we are getting behind if we don’t do all the things everyone else does; God reminds us that we have forever to take it all in. Maybe we don’t need to worry so much about our experiences and possessions, but should concern ourselves more with what is necessary to “Go and make disciples of all nations.”
His service and yours,
Pastor Erik Gauss