WORKING BY NOT WORKING AT ALL
Working smarter is always better than working harder. It takes less effort and accomplishes more.
In ministry working hard is ok – if our gospel is Jesus’ Gospel. If it’s not it’s counter-productive because it disburses versions of un-life in the name of life.
Great offence can be taken at Truth-Tellers. Jesus lost His life because the infinite life He offered threatened the vested interests of those who were made a name and gained a status from religion. He cast the money-changers out of the temple – a figure of what He accomplished by His cross, death and resurrected life.
Humbug and ignorance have had their day. None need abide it, unless for them ignorance is bliss. And pride and intellectual laziness is there treasure.
We are not compelled to be led by money changers. Some have no choice because they have been socialised into aberrant gospels from a child. But Jesus enters the confusion of all who are willing to follow where He leads and He leads them out to firm ground.
A revulsion at lies, a passion for life and a resolve to know the truth about Christ and about who we are in Him will stop us being’ deplorables’ and prevent us being led by them. Truth is life and this life – this Christ - rids us of the bondage of blind religion, blind leaders, ministers of the old covenant and the obstinate negation of what the enterprise of the God achieved for all at the cross: Life without limit. But some have made a religion out if limited life.
Karl Barth wrote, ‘Theology is not a private subject for theologians only. Nor is it a private subject for professors. Fortunately, there have always been pastors who have understood more about theology than most professors. Nor is theology a private subject of study for pastors. Fortunately, there have repeatedly been congregation members, and often whole congregations, who have pursued theology energetically while their pastors were theological infants or barbarians. Theology is a matter for the Church.’