What is the campaign about?
Every campaign pushes to get something to happen that is not going to happen by itself. A political campaign tries to get someone elected. A military campaign tries to defeat an enemy. An advertising campaign tries to get people to buy things. A public awareness campaign tries to get people to change their behavior.
So what is God's campaign pushing for? Connecting (or uniting) the world, healing what is wrong with it, and blessing it with all it needs to thrive. Those three things would save the world if they happened, but they will not happen by themselves.
Sound familiar? Lots of causes are out there today, and many of them claim they will make a better world. They clamor for your attention because each one thinks it would succeed if only more people would go along with it.
Some of them see Jesus's campaign as a competitor of theirs. That won't make sense to you if you think Jesus was on a religious campaign, trying to get people to be more religious and to think about where they will go when they die. Those things were only sub-points. The main point he hammered all the time was the proclamation that heaven's power was arriving on earth. A new era was dawning. He called people to connect to him as the power holder--the spearhead and leader of God's campaign to change the world.
Why would I join this campaign?
Because it is ancient, non-violent, and good for you and the world.
You are not joining a campaign of this web site or of any particular church or organization. You are joining (or discovering you already belong to) God's ancient campaign that started almost 4000 years ago through Abraham. (FAQ--What is taking so long?)
About halfway between Abraham and today, God the Father sent Jesus (God the Son) from heaven to spearhead the campaign and take it into a whole new level. That's why Jesus kept saying, "Follow me"--he was building his campaign team. That's why he was killed--the power-holders of his day feared his campaign and tried to stop it. And that's why his resurrection matters so much--it means his campaign isn't over.
And that's why all the materials on this site are free. We don't own or manage the campaign, and Jesus the Director has not told us to collect any fees on his behalf.
We've already seen what the world gets from this campaign--connection, healing,and blessing. What's in it for you? You get to be part of the team that is bringing these things to the world. Join this campaign and your purpose for life is set. You will never feel lost, aimless, or worthless again. And you will never be told to do anything violent or deceptive for this campaign.
This is a counter-intuitive campaign. It's full of surprises.
It allows for human freedom and significance, which means human evil has real impact, as well as human good
It uses the most unlikely people in the most unlikely ways, even those who oppose it
It includes pain during the campaign process, even for those who are doing exactly what God] tells them
It allows people to fight it, even to arrest and execute the spearhead of the campaign, Jesus the Messiah!
No one can tell you exactly what it will mean or how much it will cost you to be on the campaign team. God himself will help you discover all that as you open up to him. You join because you trust him not to double-cross you or let you down even when you let him assign you to whatever campaign duties he chooses for you.
What is it like to be part of this campaign team?
You start living as a member of the Jesus's campaign team, carrying out his plan to heal, bless, and connect the world. He guides you, using the Bible and his Spirit who gets way inside your head and your self. At conscious and sub-conscious levels, you get a better sense of the campaign's goals and methods. You also get familiar with the big story of the campaign, which is really the story of the whole world from start to finish.
Jesus sends his Spirit (his inner Self and his power) into all the members of his campaign team to change us in four ways:
Clean us up so we are fit for the purpose he has in mind for us, the way we would clean out a container before we used it to carry drinking water
Unite us with other campaign team members
Keep giving us our personal assignments for the campaign day by day and week by week
Give us whatever it will take to do our assignments, which may be impossible without him
How do I join the campaign?
It's all about listening. You "sign up" with Jesus by telling him you have heard his call to follow him (join his campaign team), and now you are going to start listening to him. Maybe you didn't hear him before, or you didn't pay attention, or you only listened now and then when you felt like it, which wasn't really listening.
But now you are signing up, getting serious, selling out to listen to whatever he tells you and work as hard as he directs on any task he gives you for the good of the campaign. You are done building your personal kingdom. His kingdom, his campaign, is the one that counts from now on.
If you say any words to that effect and mean them, he can hear you anytime, anywhere. It might be as short and personal as, "OK, Jesus, I'm in. Sign me up. Where do I start?" It is simply you giving Jesus a blank check, putting yourself at his disposal for his campaign. When people do that, he cleans them up, puts part of himself into them, and plugs them into his work.
Some other things you may want to say as you sign up:
Get me off to a good start. This seems overwhelming
Please connect me to some other team members I can learn with
Please give me whatever makeover I need to be fit to participate in your campaign
Change my attitudes and get my focus onto connecting, healing, and blessing
Whatever I used to do that went against the campaign, I renounce now. I'm sorry I ever did it. Keep me from ever going back there again.
Develop my skills so I contribute well to the campaign
I don't have what it takes to do this on my own. Give me strength!
Keep me from letting the team down or bringing any shame on you as the team leader
Campaign team members may be totally clueless about the campaign to start with, but they like its goals (connect, heal, bless) and they learn to trust its leader (Jesus the Messiah). The whole Bible is basically the story of God's campaign, and campaign team members soak up that story. The Spirit of Jesus lives in each team member and among us as a group, so we keep listening for the guidance that the Spirit puts into our heads and our hearts.
Why hasn't God finished the campaign yet?
The quick, logical way for God to achieve his campaign goals (connect, heal, bless) would be for him to send his angels or just say the word and zap everything. Problem solved. Why would God spend 4000 years on a campaign he could have completed in a year or a milli-second? Because his timing is counter-intuitive, just like his entire campaign strategy.
At the cross, the most counter-intuitive move in the whole story of his campaign, God brilliantly, patiently used human rejection of Jesus to serve the campaign's purposes. By raising Jesus from the grave, God transformed the cross into the greatest force in history for connecting, healing, and blessing people.
Nobody except Jesus himself saw that coming. Under God's inspiration, some of the prophets had actually revealed it hundreds of years before, but it was so counter-intuitive that even after Jesus repeatedly told his inner circle of followers what was coming, they didn't get it. After Jesus suffered the ordeal, returned from death to life, and connected all the prophetic dots for them, they finally got their minds around it.
That's one reason that followers of Jesus are so fixated on the cross to this day. It tips us off that this whole campaign is not being done in the way we would have drawn it up. God is full of surprises, and if we are on this campaign team, our motto needs to be, "Watch and learn."