Advancing the Conversation of Jesus
My son, Tim, is really on to something. A few years ago, he saw it clearly and now he’s teaching all who will listen. He says, “Let’s follow Jesus all week long. There are 10,080 minutes in a week. We spend 80 minutes in a Church service, but what about the other 10,000 minutes? What if there was a way to invite the church of Jesus to stop just doing church and start being the church?”
So, Tim started blogging at www.10000minutes.com. Through his blog, he invites us to participate in what God is up to, not just when we gather on the weekend, but after we scatter during the week. Tim creatively suggests ways to experience Jesus every day by identifying what God’s up to and entering into the flow of that supernatural experience. It’s another way of practicing the presence of God outside the four holy walls. Check it out for yourself by subscribing to his blog at www.10000minutes.com.
Tim’s thinking is so in line with how Jesus handled himself. Most all of his miracles were performed in the 10000 minutes. So, if you are looking for Jesus, you’re more likely to find him where he does his best and most frequent work. It’s outside the 80 minute service! Think of it this way, if you are only hearing from Jesus or seeing him work during the 80 minutes and can’t wait until the next 80 minute service comes along, how are you limiting yourself and keeping your distance from what God is up to throughout the week?
This is what Jesus had in mind, when he said: “All who hear my words and act upon them are wise master-builders and are also my family.” There’s just no time to act on the words and teachings of Jesus and function as a family during the 80 minute program. And, in most 80 minute services, only one or two do all of the talking and everyone else listens, whether they enjoy it or endure it. Jesus had a better idea. To Jesus, the better idea was the good news of the Kingdom. The good news of the Kingdom is that we not only can hear the teachings of Jesus, but we have the joy and privilege of practicing those teachings all week long in the 10000 minutes.
Jesus taught his followers to pray this way: “When you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites who love to pray publicly on street corners and in the synagogues where everyone can see them. Pray like this: Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy or set apart from all others. May your Kingdom be experienced right here, right now. May your will be practiced on earth, as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6
The world will be changed, when the followers of Jesus focus on living out his teachings in the 10000 minutes. Let the 80 minutes be the show that is seen by the religious and let the 10000 minutes be where Jesus can be seen by everyone!