I heard a great analogy today that has kind of messed me up a little bit! Check it out…
When a Chess Master has a student who needs to learn the game of Chess, the best way for the student to learn the game is to remove the Queen. The Queen is the most effective and dangerous piece on the board. It can move any direction as far as it wants. Inexperienced Chess players overuse the Queen and by relying on it too much, they lose. So Chess Masters teach their students how to play the game without the Queen, so that when the Queen is added back in they are prepared to use it as a dangerous tool rather than the only piece they can think of moving. Then they will be an unstoppable Chess player.
In the Church, we have a Queen – Sunday mornings. In many cases we have made Sunday mornings our only tool that we know how to use. It is on Sunday mornings that all repentance, discipleship, evangelism, worship, fellowship, service, stewardship, and anything else should be done. Sure, we may throw in a small group here or a missions project there. But let’s be honest – it’s all about Sunday.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m a HUGE fan of Sundays. We invest a lot of time and resources into making Sundays the easiest and best opportunity for someone far from God to find Him, or for those who know Him to worship and grow closer to Him. But here’s the what if: what if we learned how to do all of that without our Queen? What if we pretended we didn’t have Sunday mornings and had to reach our world for Jesus?
If we learned how to do that, and THEN added in our Queen of Sunday mornings, we would truly be unstoppable. So OneLifers, I have a challenge for you. Do you wait for Sundays to be your only opportunity to serve, worship, give, evangelize, disciple, or fellowship? Or are you using all the other pieces on the board – Monday through Saturday – to do that, too? The answer is obvious!
I hope you’ll join me in removing the Queen from your mindset for just a moment to evaluate. Then add it back in, and let’s take this city for Jesus using all the tools that we can!