Thinking about our mission as His people… the buildings we build and the in-house programs we run can inadvertently lead us to an all-out effort (on our best days) to get people to come join us in our “box.”
When in truth, God clearly told us to “go”… you can’t “go” in a “box.” You’ll run into the walls… which is where many of our churches find themselves.
“Boxes” are not bad. But we spend so much time in our “boxes,” that we can forget that we (His people) are the church… and not the “box.”
We are praying and planning how to get more people into the “box,” when what we need to do is start thinking “outside the box.”
Better yet, we have to think as if the “box” didn’t exist. Seriously.
A poet helps answer the “why?” question:
“Before I built a wall I’d ask to know; what I was walling in or walling out, and to whom I was like to give offense. Something there is that doesn’t love a wall. That wants it down.”
– Robert Frost’s “Mending Wall” in North of Boston (1915)