As I recently walked into a Max Brenner store in Melbourne, I was immediately met by ‘I need to be reading that’. The “that” was a book in my hand about creating a culture of engagement at work. Before I could ask why, the girl serving me blurted out, “high five me, I’ve just been asked to go to Darwin and train as a store manager”. I obediently high fived her and sat down to enjoy my hot chocolate.
As I read my book I watched her tell anyone who would listen about her good news. Clearly the news had provided her with a deep sense of significance and purpose. As such she was compelled to let everyone know about what had happened to her.
I was happy for her, but also there was something disconcerting about the episode. Before I sat down she had asked me what I did. “I’m a pastor” I told her. At first she seemed confused before I told her what a pastor was. It was a short encounter, but she genuinely had little idea of what a pastor was or did.
How was it that this girl knew so little about church? So little it seemed about Jesus? Why had she not encountered anyone who demonstrated the same passion and vigour for the good news about Jesus that she had shown about a job promotion?
As I write this, I wonder how often I publicly demonstrate the same passion and vigour for Jesus that this girl did for her job promotion? What about you? Who are you inviting to “high five me” and say, I’ve got to tell you about this most amazing thing which has happened to me?
The challenge now for you and me, is not just to read these words, nod our heads, and whisper, yes I should do better in this. The challenge is to now go out and do it. Let someone know this week about the amazing good news that we have. I’ll be doing it.