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Any way, Paley says “A great idea is never enough”, that idea is true about alot and couldn’t be more true about Jesus. If you know Jesus, I guess you might say you have a great idea (truth is, it’s the Holy Spirit),however you characterize it, ok, now what? And that’s kind of the point of the article. A Christian is all about sharing that idea, telling people about Him and then looking for the Holy Spirit’s guidance and going with it. That should be the Christian’s MO (modis operandi, mode of operation) We are led to creatively share Jesus (since the Holy Spirit’s doing it, you know it can get really creative). But at the same time, can’t we adapt the creativity, dynamism, excitement to our job, the ideas that we can have to do business well and in a way that serves all stakeholders. It’s true what Paley says: “The system vastly overvalues ideas and undervalues execution.” Jesus certainly put it on the line His whole life and His death and resurrection are the height of carrying through the mission.
The world? The world really doesn’t. More often then not we see the world talk a good game, just talk itself to death. We are not called to do that as Christian disciples. Eleven very ordinary men were left with Jesus’ directions ” Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matt 28: 19-20 (NIV) Can you think of anymore dynamic imperative?
The world has this goofy idea that to be a Christian means being passive, not willing to drive, push, sacrifice for what you believe in. Unfortunately, for too many “Christians” that seems to the case, St Paul drove his way from Israel to Rome, planting new churches all along the way.
Paley ends by saying “Ideas are static. entrepreneurship is dynamic.” Yes for the world, it can be for Christians too, if they let it, “I am the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except through me”? The Great Commission, the application of the Cross and the empty tomb, those could just be concepts, but God uses them to compel us, there isn’t anything more compelling! If, as Christians, these are the pinnacle of our lives (because they are), then we should be executing all over the place in our lives. We are dynamos not only spiritually, but we should be in all aspects of our lives.