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Jack Eason 
The Heart Share Group

Lord-SHIP

 

 

                                

(This is an excerpt from a forth-coming book from Jack Eason called The Essential Ships Every Christian Radio Station Needs In Its Fleet)

 

Lord-SHIP

It goes without saying that this should be first priority. If we are Christians and we are “doing” Christian radio, it’s obvious, right? Maybe not.

I remember it like it was yesterday. I was standing in the auditorium on the campus of Anderson University (actually, it was a college back then) and I heard the speaker say, “He is either Lord of ALL or not at ALL. Lord implies he is in charge of all of you.”

It was at that point that I realized I never had fully understood the concept of Lordship. I was 14 at the time and was attending a conference there with my youth pastor. It was also at that point that I realized I really had never really fully surrendered my life to Christ.

In North American Christianity, we fall into several practices that I have realized over time are not correct, let alone the fact that they aren’t even biblical.

Bad Practice # 1-
Our understanding of Lordship. In early church days like those we read about in Acts 4, I don’t think Peter and John and the followers of Christ in that time compartmentalized their faith like we do in North America, especially in the Bible belt. In those days, when you said you were a follower of Jesus, by nature it impacted every area of your life. Your commitment to following after Jesus affected your family; Jesus even said it may turn families against one another. Your commitment to Jesus may affect your job; obviously, many of the disciples walked away from their jobs to follow after Jesus and because of that it also affected their finances. In short, being a follower impacted every area of your life.
In our culture, we say things like we are “making Jesus first on our list” as if to put him at the # 1 Position and everything else under Him. That may sound good, but I don’t think it allows us to have the correct mindset.

Yes, Christ is first. But when we list other things under Him, it is almost like we are pursuing those things outside of Christ. Steven Furtick puts it this way:
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We start by putting Jesus at the top. Then family. Then maybe career. And so on. So our priorities look something like this:

1. Jesus/God  2. Family  3. Career

Looks good. However, I’ve found that this isn’t very effective when you get down to the grind of everyday life. For example, what does it even mean to put Jesus before my family? Do I ignore my family to spend more time with Jesus? Or with your career, do you stop working to put Jesus first? The essential problem with this approach is that it segregates the different priorities of life. You end up removing Jesus from where you spend the majority of your time and putting Him on an island by Himself. The biggest island maybe, but an island nonetheless.
This year, instead of worrying about putting Jesus first in your life, what if you concentrated on making Him the center of every area of your life? Not just the top priority in front of every other priority, but the top priority in every priority?

Not Jesus, then my family. But Jesus in my family.
 Not Jesus, then my career. But Jesus in my career.

We’d probably be a lot more successful in actually keeping Jesus at the top spot on our list. And we’d be much more likely to do an exponentially greater job at accomplishing our other goals and maintaining our priorities.



Mark records it in his gospel like this:
4 Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 35 For whoever wants to save their life[a] will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it. 36 What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? 37 Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? 38 If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.”

So, let’s look at our own lives. And let’s look at our radio stations? Have we compartmentalized our radio stations and only allowed God reign over certain “rooms” or areas of our station? Do we pray to God when we have tower problems and not when we are thinking about the songs we play? Do we treat our staff worse than we would treat our #1 donor? Have we segregated certain parts of our work in Christian radio or do we allow Christ to be IN every aspect?  Is He completely in charge? Of every area?

(Lord-SHIP is the first SHIP Jack talks about in The Essential Ships.)


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Jack Eason is a partner and consultant with The Heart Share Group. He and Tom Lewis (co-founders of Heart Share) are dedicated to equipping ministries to be all that God has called them to be. They work with Christian radio in the areas of fundraising, non-traditional revenue, programming, underwriting, and more.