There’s an unusual thought contained in Rusaw and Swanson’s The Externally Focused Church that I liked. This thought might give you a glimpse into my jaded humor. Nonetheless, let me establish the context of said thought.
The authors are writing about Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem on a donkey. The crowds are cheering, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest!” There’s a great celebration in the city.
Now, let me quote from the authors. “For a moment the donkey thought it was all about him. After all, he was doing all the work that morning. But it wasn’t about him. It had nothing to do with him. He was simply carrying the Message.”
“The externally focused church is a good donkey that takes Jesus into places where he hasn’t always been welcome. The serving church is just the donkey. It’s still all about Jesus.”
Did Campbell just call me a donkey??? No, I’m simply sharing an unusual thought with you. In essence, this is not about us, but his work and message through us.
by Rob Campbell