Back in 2009 I had a post that explored the idea that while Jesus learned the trade of carpentry, he did not use many carpentry metaphors when talking about the kingdom of God.
After further reflection on this idea more thoughts have been stewing in my brain.
Not only did Jesus not use much carpentry language he also did not use much fishing language to talk about the kingdom of God. It is interesting to me that Jesus did not use much insider language with his parables.
Jesus used a lot of farming metaphors, wedding metaphors and even the occasional sheep metaphor. These are the images that the followers of Jesus, the crowd that surrounded Jesus, could understand because it was their world - their images.
I can understand how the disciples never seemed to "get it" even though they were with Jesus all the time.
He was using language that was rooted in the life experience of the non-believer and the crowd. He did not spend much time trying to appease or create insider language with just himself and the twelve.
Is this not a way to consider the mission of the church?
Too often we gather on Sunday morning expecting the same things that we who attend, understand and "get". We use insider language and even are fearful to change things because we might "upset" the most faithful members. So we continue to do what we do in order that those who are in the church can be comforted and those who are not in the church can continue to feel like church is, at best, weird.
What would it look like to take a model that we might find in the way of Jesus? What if we created a church that was so concerned about connecting with those outside the church that those in the church would even be willing to "not get it" like the twelve disciples.
Do you get or understand Jesus, or are you like the disciples and continually scratch your head wondering what the heck this Jesus guy is teaching and saying?