What is the campaign about?
The "campaign" we are talking about is God's 4000-year-old campaign to heal, bless, and connect the world. It's not a campaign of this web site or of any particular church or organization, so no one can tell you exactly what it will mean for you. God himself will help you discover that as you open up to him.
The campaign was his idea. He started it through Abraham, and he later sent Jesus from heaven to spearhead it and take it into a whole new phase. In fact, Jesus was much more a campaign leader than a teacher. That's why he kept saying, "Follow me"--he was building his campaign team. That's why he was killed--his enemies feared his campaign and tried to stop it. And that's why his resurrection matters so much--it means his campaign isn't over.
Now Jesus sends his Spirit into all the members of his campaign team so they know what he wants each of them to do and they each have what it takes to do his or her assignments, one day at a time.
If you think Jesus was on a campaign to teach people how to be more religious or how to get to heaven when they die, think again. Those things were not what he talked about all the time. His constant theme was the proclamation that heaven's power was arriving on earth. That power would heal and bless the world, and everyone was supposed to connect with it by welcoming him as God's chosen person to lead the whole campaign. The three-part theme song of his campaign was heal, bless, connect.
How do I join it?
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, he can hear you anytime, anywhere, as long as you mean it. 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.
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 healing, blessing, and connecting
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 (heal, bless, connect) 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.
What happens after I join it?
You start living as a member of the Jesus's campaign team, carrying out his plan to heal, bless, and connect the world as he guides you through 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 specific niche assignments that are only for you.
One recommended way to get better at sensing God's guidance is the simple, flexible, "Just Do It" exercise, best done in a group of two or three. Instructions for trial period of one to five sessions.
Why hasn't God finished it yet?
The quick, logical way for God to achieve his campaign goals (heal, bless, connect) 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.
He allows pain during the campaign process, even for those who are doing exactly what he tells them
He allows human freedom and significance, which means human evil has real impact, as well as human good
He allows rejection of his campaign, even arrest and execution of the spearhead of the campaign, Jesus the Messiah!
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 healing, blessing, and connecting people.
Nobody 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 no one figured it out until Jesus suffered the ordeal, returned from death to life, and connected all the prophetic dots for his inner circle of followers.
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."