Hi, welcome to Redeem the Commute. I’m Ryan, your host for the daily challenges.
Our daily challenges are meant to help you explore what it means to follow Jesus, even if you don’t have a lot of time. We have a rhythm that keeps us in sync, even if we’re not a community that meets together in person regularly. Every Monday we introduce the week’s idea. Every Tuesday we study it in the Bible. Every Wednesday we see how that challenges and transforms our thinking on the topic. Thursdays we try to apply and live it out. Friday is a day for prayer and reflection before we take a rest on Saturday, and Sundays we meet together with others in community.
Our series right now is called “We Are”. It follows on two other series – “God Is…” and “Jesus Is…”. Our attention now turns to us, human beings, and what knowing God and following Jesus actually means for our lives.
Just read the book, Creativity Inc. All about Pixar, the animated film company that rose to prominence under Steve Jobs. The book was about the organization, and how they tried to build creativity into their organizational structure and practices. Even the furniture mattered, as the book included a story on how the boardroom table, though beautiful, was hindering the collaborative spirit they claimed to be all about.
The secret sauce for organizations like Pixar is what the author called “fearless innovation.” He said,
Unleashing creativity requires that we loosen the controls, accept risk, trust our colleagues, work to clear the path for them, and pay attention to anything that creates fear. –Creativity, Inc., pg 295
For Christians, and their organization called the church, it’s a little different. The secret sauce isn’t fearlessness, or creativity.
This week we’ll be studying one of the most famous passages in the Bible, where an early Christian leader talks about dysfunctional Christians and churches, and how what they’re missing is love…and where that kind of love is found.
Question: Have you ever encountered a Christian, or church, that lacked love? Share the experience with someone.