You are Plan A, and there is no plan B.
This was the key takeaway that I got from this year’s Discipleship 2017 held earlier at SM Mall of Asia Arena. This is a gathering of at least 12,000 Victory group leaders and interns to talk about engaging more people to know about Jesus.
This is my first time in this kind of gathering and attending as an intern for leading a group of my own (hopefully this Q2) and again, I didn’t prepare much into the details. I do this on purpose so that I come empty and just expecting for an encounter with God, as He has done to me in the past.
It was Victory’s founding pastor, Steve Murrell who shared to everyone this:
You are the salt of the earth (Matthew 5:13)
I personally love how these five words packs a lot of punch in terms of explaining the role we have here on earth. Jesus explained the role of His followers as salt. Back in the day, salt’s use is vital in the Jewish community, with it being used as preservative for meats, fish since they didn’t have the technology we have now. That’s how important salt is.
The power of this message too lies in its context which starts with YOU.
Yes, you. The one reading this text. The one who’s broken, who’s life is a mess, who can’t plan well for the next week or even the next day. Yes, you.
Remember, the audience back then weren’t the most educated, the most sophisticated yet Jesus called them the salt of the earth. They knew how important salt is and to be called that is just… unbelievable.
Yes, you are plan A, and there is no plan B.
Was Jesus in His right mind when He went up to heaven and left the Great Commission to his disciples, with their staring at the heavens, guessing almost blankly? Really, to these disciples who just almost few days ago were scattered across towns afraid of their lives? These men who were called uneducated, with no regal background were entrusted to share the Gospel, a news so good it still resonates until today. See, Jesus gave us the command, regardless of background, but it is He who qualifies the called. There wasn’t any life stage requirement; He just called people. It wasn’t when you’ve achieved some status, have some money in the bank, or any category–He just needs the you now. The present you to move and share the Good News that one is saved by grace, through faith, not by works so that no one can boast (Eph 2:8).
You are the salt that Jesus called to preserve this earth from rotting. You are important, and you are called to move. Jesus addressed this to every single one of His audience back then and He made sure it reaches us, thus we’re here, and we are to show who He is, even in our messy, broken lives.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (2 Corinthians 12:9 ESV)
And it will never be our power. May this serve as a reminder, that is it by His Grace that we stand, and we are empowered. We are to engage people, much like how Jesus did it–with extreme compassion and doing it extremely personally, like to the soldier, a woman with multiple relationships, and even to a demon-possessed man. To places that no one dared to touch, Jesus went and changed situations. That is becoming salt.
And that’s leadership too–we move according to our call, and act upon it. We cannot abdicate our role; if we do, others will suffer.
May we be reminded, that there is no plan B. You are plan A and we better be working our role as salt of this earth.
I used a clear stage photo. Sure, with all the glamour of the event, lights, sounds, and even confetti, may we be reminded too that this is all for Jesus. No one else will and should be glorified. In the middle of all the wonderful songs, and powerful words spoken, if the core is not Jesus, all of that is in vain. Clear the stage for Jesus alone.
Now, how do we engage? By living out our role as salt of this earth, just as Jesus said and did it.
You are plan A and there is no plan B.