So a couple of days ago I journaled about a particular question that I had in my life. Here is what I said:
I feel like a man torn between two worlds. I want to be fruitful, but I have two different worlds pulling on me; suggesting how to bear fruit.
World #1: From my Junior year in High School through Bible College and many years after Bible College I was operating from the world of blind faith, simplicity... My heros were Joe Focht, Bob Hoekstra, Hudson Taylor, George Muller.
It seemed like strategy, planning, and a use of man's methods for success was missing from this world. These men and their mode of operation was child like faith in ministry.
World #2: For the last few years I have been around men who care more about strategy, plans, and methods. My openness to this came from the influence of Mark Driscoll and the A29 guys. Also, Bob Hallman has influenced me in this way.
These guys are men of faith, but their conversation includes this element of strategy, planning and methods.
Both groups have loads of fruit:
- They have influence large numbers of people
- Very often those people love Jesus more
I love World #1 because of its simplicity. When success happens they can point to Jesus as the only true source of that success.
I love World #2 because they are hard workers and believe that God can use plans, strategies and methods to accomplish the mission.
I want to be a simple man, loving Jesus like the men of World #1 But I'm wired to be a planner and strategist like the men of World #2.
The question that followed was "how do I balance these two worlds?". My wife and I were talking about this last night at dinner. We knew the answer was found in Jesus, but it was not until this morning that I felt like I saw it clearly.
The balance that I was looking for is perfectly displayed in Jesus as Priest and King. The qualities of a priest are similar to the things I was describing from World #1. And the qualities of a King are similar to what I was trying to describe in World #2. Jesus is the perfect balance, and the role of pries and king describes the tension perfectly.
Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek. For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God,