Read 1 Corinthians 1:10-17
I appeal to you, dear brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, to live in harmony with each other. Let there be no divisions in the church. Rather, be of one mind, united in thought and purpose. (1 Corinthians 1:10 NLT)
I love going to restaurants where they know what they do and they do it well. Like 5 Guys Burgers and Fries. Do you know what they have on their menu? Burgers and fries. Good ones. They have a clarity of purpose and it doesn’t get clouded by trying to have the best salads on the planet. They serve burgers and fries. No salads. No chicken nuggets. No espresso machines. No sushi. Burgers and fries. This clarity has helped the 5 Guys brand to grow from a single burger stand in Arlington, VA to over 1000 locations (with 1500 more in the works). Amazing.
When the Church struggles, the struggle is most often rooted in a lack of unity of thought and purpose. Arguments and disharmony ensue over money or worship style or the color of the carpet or how high or low to set the air conditioner and Jesus gets lost in the shuffle. It’s not that those other things don’t matter, they just don’t matter as much as Jesus. People don’t like to admit that they make the church about something other than Jesus, but the passion and energy with which we argue over secondary things speaks otherwise. What would happen if we focused our menu and made Jesus the main feature? I wonder.
Interestingly, 5 Guys boasts that there are over 250,000 ways you can order a burger from their menu… but the foundation of every one of those 250,000 ways it is a fresh, never frozen 100% beef patty. The main thing is still the main thing. There are endless ways we can proclaim the good news of Jesus. Let’s just make sure that remains the foundation… that which draws us together, united in thought and purpose. There is too much at stake to make it about anything else.