Monday, March 29, 2010

Book Excerpt #8 (Ok, So Who's In Charge?)

Here's another quick look inside my book, Outsourcing God. This excerpt focuses, again on leadership. I hope you enjoy!


In 1 Peter chapter 2, the writer writes, “you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ… you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”

Who is this “you?” Is that you, me? Is it you? Is it extended to every reader? The entirety of the body of Christ – the Church?

The passage suggests that hinging on the death and resurrection of Jesus is this new structure of leading the Church forward. The passage suggests that the future will be built on our shoulders, because, and out of, Jesus.

Even in the earliest part of the Bible, God says to the Israelites in Exodus, “Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.”

It’s almost as if God has had this plan all along. Imagine a God big enough to understand the human error of us abusing leadership, abusing power, and abusing the Church. In the earliest parts of the Bible, God knew this. And from Christ, we are again proclaimed “a holy priesthood.”

© 2010 Ross Christopher Donaldson. Outsourcing God.

1 comment:

Matt S said...

Nice answer! For some reason, when I read this it reminded me of DC Talk's "In the Light"---pretty danged random, admittedly, but...