Catching butterflies in jars is a fun pastime that lets us see the creature close-up. If we really get into it, we might give our butterfly as comfortable a life in the jar as we can. We can put flowers in the jar to give the butterfly nectar to drink, and decorate with colorful flowers. But if it stays in the jar, it will never really be free again. It might be comfortable, but it is trapped. If the lid to the jar is lifted, though, the butterfly can live.
Christ lifted the lids off our jars not so that we could be comfortable, but so we could help draw people to God so that their lids would be lifted, too. 2 Corinthians 2:14 says, “…[God] uses us to spread the knowledge of Christ everywhere, like a sweet perfume.” The Church is built to make a difference, to be generous with our time and resources in order for people to meet God. People have so much more potential than the lid allows for; our purpose is to tell people that Christ can set them free.
2 Corinthians 4:15-16 says, “All of this is for your benefit. And as God’s grace reaches more and more people, there will be great thanksgiving, and God will receive more and more glory. That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day.” We aren’t supposed to keep people comfortable where they are. Feeding those who are hungry meets a physical need, but that isn’t the end. We feed the hungry in order to point them towards the one who satisfies our spiritual hunger. We put shoes on the feet of children in Africa so that we can show them love like God has shown to us. Everything we do should have the goal of telling the Good News to those who are still in their jars.
We make no apology that when you’re banded together with this community, the local Church, you’ll be challenged to never accept ordinary. We don’t want to just be spectators in this life, but to be active and on mission 24/7 for God. Out of love for the one who took the lid off our jars, and for the love of those still in their jars, our ambition is to meet people where they are, but not leave them there.