For the past few months, she and I have been attending the meetings of our county beekeeper’s association. My wife wants to try beekeeping as a means of earning money to help the poor in Kenya.
At the most recent beekeeping meeting, one of the board members made a presentation about “raising the association to the next level.” I spent the next 30 minutes pondering what he meant.
What is the “next level” of a beekeeper’s association? Moving the meetings to a higher floor in the building? The development of a secret beekeeper’s handshake? Convincing Oprah Winfrey to begin a new BEE television channel where it’s “All bees all the time”?
The “next level” is one of those … excuse me … buzzwords people use that doesn’t mean anything. It’s goal-setting talk without any substance. There is no “next level” but it creates the mirage of purpose and progress.
When Jesus came to the earth, He came with a specific goal. He had a definite plan. It wasn’t to redeem all the people of Earth. If that was His goal, He was a major failure. Every person who dies apart from Him is proof of His ineptitude. It wasn’t to teach people how to be kind or loving or whatever other virtue you might propose. Again, if such was His goal, He didn’t do a very good job; people are still stealing, murdering, and lying.
Jesus didn’t set aside the glories of Heaven to try or potentially save sinners, or to be a good example. He came with the definite purpose to definitely save a definite people given to Him by the Father. All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out (John 6:37). I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours. You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word (John 17:6).
He had a definite plan which He completed!