“My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” – John F. Kennedy
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. – 1 Peter 2:9-10
Core Competencies: “The main strengths or strategic advantages of a business. Core competencies are the combination of pooled knowledge and technical capacities that allow a business to be competitive in the marketplace. Theoretically, a core competency should allow a company to expand into new end markets as well as provide a significant benefit to customers. It should also be hard for competitors to replicate.” – Investopedia.com
“Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” JFK wasn’t the most honorable of presidents. Some love him, some hate him. But he had a way with words. He had a way of cutting to the heart of a mood, a situation, or problem. Could we as Christians learn from that JFK quote? “Ask not what the church can do for you…” The church was not founded to be a service to its members only, but also so that its members could be a service to the world. As Christians we are called to serve. Serve criminals, saints, sick, healthy, rich, and poor alike. Too often we go to church, put some money in its coffers and expect it to serve for us. In affect we outsource our call to serve to something we call “The Church.” Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos.com, the online shoe and clothing store advised to “Never outsource your core competency.” In Zappos’ case, their core competency is customer service. That’s what they’re known for. And that’s why Amazon thought it was a good idea to buy them for 1.2 billion dollars. As it turns out, service should also be the church’s core competency. Yes, the church is to share the Gospel and provide a path to Jesus. However, that path requires service. Zappos wasn’t the only store selling shoes. And selling shoes over the internet was and still is a hurdle to overcome. They became successful because of there customer service. And so it is with the church. So it should be with every christian. Our end role is not to serve meals to the poor, build facilities for the community, or provide an uplifting service every weekend. Our end role is to bring people into contact with Jesus. However, what did Jesus do? He served. The church is the body of Christ. As such we should emulate what Christ did with His body. My fellow Christians, let’s serve.
Daily Journaling Questions:
- How did I help someone in kindness today?
- What did I learn today?
- What am I thankful for?
- Who did I love today?
- What am I dreaming of?
- What about today do I want to remember forever?
- What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thanks for reading,