It sounds right.
But it’s not. At all.
The phrase comes from the world of business. Specifically from Jim Collins and his very good business book, Good to Great. The idea is that, when you’re selling a service or a product, you need to start with people who have the right mix of skills, emotional balance, relational IQ, etc. Otherwise, you’ll spend all your time infighting instead of producing goods or services and making money.
In a business model, the people on the bus are the human resources (HR) that the leadership uses to get the job done.
But applying the “right people” principle to the church is where we run into a problem, A big problem.
In the church, the people are not a means to an end. They are not the tools we use to create a needed product or service. In a church, the people are the product. They’re not resources, they’re the result.
They’re not on the bus to help you get you to your destination. They are the destination.
People worshiping Jesus and sharing his love with other people are what the church exists for. There is no other destination. We are the church.
Jesus Picked All the Wrong People – Including You and Me
Take a look at the disciples Jesus picked. Talk about not getting the right people on his bus!
But that was always Jesus’ way. Working with all the wrong people and being opposed by all the right ones.
What does your church look like? Is it filled with all the wrong people?
Have you been frustrated by them? Do you get angry at them? Do you wonder what God could possibly have been thinking when he saddled you with them, while the pastor on the other side of town seems to have all the right people?
Here’s a sobering thought. If you think that about them, they’ve probably thought that about you, too.
Jesus got frustrated by the same people problems we all face. At one point he screamed out “How long will I have to put up with you!”, to his disciples. At another time, he called one of his closest friends, Satan.
But that never stopped him from loving them, using them and changing the world through them.
The right people may build businesses and make a lot of money. But it’s always the wrong people who change the world.
So what do you think? What does God want to do through you and the “wrong” people he’s brought into your life and ministry?
We want to hear from you. Yes, you!
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