It’s not about you. Never was, never is, never will be. And isn’t that good news?
Even though you were a Christian and you went to church, you were ineffective. Because for the longest time you still thought it was about you. Once you were saved, it was about what you were going to do and be for God. You read books, went to seminars, and heard countless sermons about what you could do for God. God was counting on you. All the things you used to do for yourself, you were now going to do for God. It was a noble cause. But it was still all about you.
You started focusing on your Christian life — how you were going to be like Christ. In fact that’s what we were: “Christ-ians” — little Christs. But it was still about you because it was about your Christian life. All the books were “how-to” books.
So you started to compare yourself to other Christians. You wanted to be as good a Christian as those you admired and certainly better than those you did not. You even learned to “share” your faith with others — tell them how you came to faith and how they could too. Some of that might have been successful, because it’s based on the gospel and God’s word never returns void, but it was also in many ways still about you. You led somebody to the Lord. You got a gold star in your Bible. “Now I must really be a good Christian because I led someone to the Lord!”
And then something happened. Something crashed. Some sin — some devastation — some tragedy crushed you and you began to doubt everything, or just table it for a while. Until you came upon that amazing five-letter word that changed everything: G-R-A-C-E. Grace says it’s not about you anymore, or anyone, it’s about God. God is the beginning and end of all things. Grace is God’s resources made available to all of us at Christ’s expense. All we do is show up. All those men and women of faith in Hebrews 11? They showed up. That’s it. Where faith is involved, no one can take any credit. Faith did it; they showed up despite their fears, intimidations, weaknesses, what have you. They would be the first to say, it wasn’t about them.
It is precisely in this way that so many of you who have supported us and come alongside the Catch have been set free by its message. You have become grace turned outward in your place in the world. Grace in becomes grace out. The Catch is your story, and your story is all about God and His grace. It’s your time to step up and be an integral part of this mission to corral the internet for the kingdom of God and the discipling of those who will turn grace outward to everyone with whom they interact, because they have their boots on the ground in the culture in which they live. This is a sacred calling we have and I am asking you to step up with your part. Grace Turned Outward is what is sorely needed in our world today, and we have a global connection. Either you are dead to the grace of God (it’s all still about you) or you are alive (vulnerable, stumbling, weak, but full of faith). There is nothing in the middle.