Why The Mantra?

This originally appeared on whillschurch.org as the weekly devo…

Part 2 of the Renew My Vision devo series. Part 1 is here.

Just Do It.
The Ultimate Driving Machine.
When it absolutely, positively has to get there overnight.
What can Brown do for you?
You’re In Good Hands.
It’s In the Game.

I bet you can name every single one of those companies. These are the “mantras” of some of the worlds most successful companies. A great mantra does not make a great company. They have to deliver what they promise and do that for a long time. BUT a great mantra does more than just advertise the product. It guides, it directs, it speaks to the foundational principle of that culture. It answers the “why are we here” question.

At Western Hills, our mantra is Love God, Live Connected, Serve All. Sometimes we get lazy and shorten it to just Love, Live, and Serve.

We’ll unpack each one over the next few weeks in greater detail, but think for a moment about the simplicity of these words. Think of all the questions these words answer?

What is a disciple? What does it mean to follow Jesus?
Someone who loves God, lives connected, and serves all.

What’s the mission of the church? What are our ministries supposed to be doing?
To make disciples who love God, live connected, and serve all.

What’s a leader look like at Western Hills?
Someone who reproduces another disciple who loves God, lives connected, and serves all.

What should I do as a new believer in Jesus? What’s my first steps?
Love God (worship), live connected (community), serve all (service).

It’s simple. It’s memorable. It’s tangible. It brings focus and clarity to the task ahead and the next steps and we need simplicity and clarity.

Besides all of that – they are Jesus’ idea in the first place. It’s His Bride (the church) so he gets to write the mantra. And his mantra was the story of the Good Samaritan. That story was his answer to the question – what is the greatest commandment? What should we be doing? What should we focus on?

Love God – Love the Lord, your God with all of your heart, mind, soul, and strength.

Live Connected – The second is like it – love your neighbor as yourself. Live in community with others.

Serve All – Who is your neighbor? Whoever you walk by and needs a neighbor.

Rinse and repeat.

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