Thursday, November 30, 2017


I have three kids ages 5 through 14.  That means I have had a lot of different toys in my home for 14 years.  That means there have been a lot of broken toys in my home for 14 years.  That means I have heard this question a lot over 14 years, “daddy will you fix this?” Of course there have been more than one occasion where “fixing this” was not within my set of particular skills. But, often, after studying the damage of what needs “fixing”, I would begin my search for the Kray Glue.  For those of us that remember the eighties, you may remember the commercial of the guy hanging there with his construction hat glued to the beam.  The commercial then goes into a list of things Krazy Glue can fix, “a plastic knob, a rubber boot, a fishing rod, a model train, a model plain, a door knob screw…..” etc. IT FIXES EVERYTHING!  So, I would find the Krazy Glue, carefully apply and BOOM! Toy fixed.

KRAZY GLUE, the perfect bond for broken things so that they can accomplish the purpose they were created for.

We have a purpose as the church given to us by Jesus in Matthew 28:19-20, “Go and make disciples of all nations.”  What an amazingly large mission that none of us can accomplish alone.  After all, we are selfish broken people, who when left to ourselves will just keep living selfish and broken lives, not fulfilling the mission given to us. So, that leads us to a question.

What is the bond that keeps us together?  What is the “KRAZY GLUE” that holds us together to fulfill our purpose?

Listen to what Jesus and Paul said.

“By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:35

“This is my command: Love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this: to lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:12-13

 “You did not choose me, but I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce fruit and that your fruit should remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he will give you. This is what I command you: Love one another.” John 15:16-17
I am in them and you are in me, so that they may be made completely one, that the world may know you have sent me and have loved them as you have loved me.” John 17:23

Above all, put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.” Col. 3:14

The answer, Love.

Do you see that phrase, “the perfect bond”?  That means that there is NOTHING that keeps us together and on mission, living our purpose as well as love does.  Love is perfect. Strategies aren’t perfect. Catchy phrases aren’t perfect. Events aren’t perfect. Love is perfect in its unifying, gospel spreading power.

I remember one of my first experiences of seeing the reality of this.  About 15 years ago I was a part of a house church in Boston.  There was young man we met who was a student at Harvard. He was not a Christ follower but for some reason he kept hanging around with us. Honestly, I was a little intimidated by him, worried that he would ask me something I couldn’t answer or that I wouldn’t be intelligent enough to relate to him.  As it went, he ended up becoming a follower of Jesus and it was amazing! Shortly after that we were eating lunch and I asked him, “What was it that led you to make the final step of faith?”  His answer was short and powerful.  He said, “It was your love for each other.  I had never seen anything like that before.”

Love among those in our little house church was the vehicle for the good news of Jesus.

When those who don’t know Jesus see a group of messed up, broken people, joyfully and sacrificially loving one another, then they see Jesus.

If we are going to accomplish the mission of God to make disciples, we must be a church marked by people who joyfully lay down our lives for one another.  This makes the church different.

The world says “accomplish at all costs.”
God says “love at all costs.”
The world says “do whatever it takes to win.”
God say “do whatever it takes to love.”
The world says “look out for number 1.”
God says “lay down your life for anyone.”

If we will pursue to love one another well, then we will be more unified and more effective in accomplishing the mission of God. Love, in the way Jesus loved, is the KRAZY GLUE! (I know that’s cheesy….)

Here is what I do with that:

1    1.   I ask God to examine my heart to see if I am more concerned about getting great things done or loving like Jesus.

2    2.  I ask God to help me slow down to be more attentive to opportunities to listen and love.

3    3.  I look for ways that my small group and other Christian friendships can love each other and then I try to initiate that love.

Need some “Krazy Glue”?...... then love well.


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