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Where’s the Urgency?

We’re continuing our book club discussion of The Hole in Our Gospel by Richard Stearns (this week: chapter 16–the Great Omission). If you have a response post this week, add it at the end of this post. Also be sure to head over to my friend and co-facilitator, Sarah Salter’s blog. I know you’ll be challenged and blessed.


My title sort of sums up my thoughts about this chapter, but I’ll elaborate a little because it’s what tiggers do best.

It is true that in many places across the Western world and churches, ‘missions’ is another program like Sunday school or support groups. If they can get it funded, they go for it and do the work. If not, it doesn’t happen. That doesn’t diminish the hard work of dedicated people, but it still begs that question, where’s the urgency?

This is a matter of life and death, and indifference kills.

Mr. Stearns point is very valid, we have often been so worried about the sins we commit that we forget the sins done by omitting. In other words, priorities in how we live the Gospel can be way off.

I have no interest in making anyone feel guilty because that’s worthless. What I do want is to do is challenge us with this urgency.

What are we going to do right now? What are we going to do this week? I don’t have a clear answer for you, but it’s a personal question anyway. I just ask that you don’t stop until you get an answer.

I’m encouraged by the hearts of people submitted to God and moved by compassion. God touched the heart of a little boy in our Sunday school class a couple weeks ago. My wife was talking about the two little children our church sponsors in Bangladesh. During the week, he made a box for donations so these kids could have what they needed. We let him present it to the church and opened it up for the congregation to give. We’re still collecting, but it’ll be awesome to send whatever comes in.

Another thing I’m excited about is helping families within our own church who are struggling. We aren’t a big congregation by any stretch, but we have an opportunity and an urgency to show the love of God and give. We may not have a ‘super-abundance’ but as the rest of us come together to bless these, it will be a beautiful picture of Christ’s body taking care of its members and living in community.

I give those examples because I’m not giving a million dollars right now and neither is our church, but it’s never about that. I do want us to feel that urgency and do what we can when we can, to not put it off. I’ve been guilty too many times of looking the other way and becoming indifferent, but that’s certainly not the heart of God. I want to be a force for life and light in the world. I want to live and give with that sense of urgency–whether a word of encouragement, a warm embrace, a check, or anything else.

Are you feeling that urgency in your life now? If not, why do you think that is? If so, what do you do to keep it?



14 Comments

  1. Great post jason! I love the fact that the little boy was moved and then you allowed him to make the presentation. I am equally excited that the people responded and are continuing to respond to his request. What a testimony this will be to this young boy. I also am glad you talk about giving out or urgency and not obligation/guilt. Thanks jason.
    bill (cycleguy) recently posted..An Uncaring ChurchMy Profile

    • Bill, it was so emotional and beautiful that he was touched so deeply by this need (in no small part because my wife is an excellent teacher who cares so deeply). And thank you. We can’t do it all, but we can do our part.

  2. There is definitely a lack of urgency being displayed… I’m afraid that lack has been present in my own life. There are things I am doing, but there is so much more that could be done.
    Dusty Rayburn recently posted..BD-THiOG Love and Do for the Glory of GodMy Profile

    • I know what you mean, Dusty. Can’t undo what we’ve done or not done, but we can move forward by His grace. It’s so amazing what He’ll do through us. Thank you.

  3. Thanks for sharing today brother, love the way you write! For me the urgency doesn’t seem all to real. I need it to hit me where it hurts.

    • Matthew, thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts. I guess I lose the sense of urgency when either I’m not as connected to God or not as connected to people (and their needs) or all of that. Mission trips are a great way to feel the urgency and heart of God, but serving in the community will do it too. Praying you find that urgency! Blessings and thanks again.

  4. For many, today is the day of salvation (food, water, medical help). That is very urgent. Thanks Bro for conveying this so clearly.

    • That’s it, Jay. Thank you so much.

  5. I definitely need some more urgency in my life right now.
    Kevin Martineau recently posted..Today- is a perfect day for a perfect day!My Profile

    • You are certainly not alone. Thanks Kevin.

  6. You know me well enough to know that I do feel the urgency. At the same time, I’m constantly having to check my priorities and ask myself what I’m doing about it. Thanks for continuously encouraging me and challenging me, Jason!

    • Sarah, I do know and I understand the need to keep those priorities! You’re a pretty great encourager yourself. 🙂

  7. This urgency you speak of… I know it! I used to feel it quite often. And this Christmas season, with SG coaxing me along, I’ve begun to feel this urgency again.

    In fact, we selected two families we could give gifts to this Christmas, and are sending them out tomorrow.

    I’ve never been this excited.

    Thanks for encouraging me!

    • That’s awesome, DS! Glad you guys are doing that. Good stuff. I hope you share how it goes later. 🙂

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