“Quality isn’t expensive, It’s priceless.”
It’s no secret that we respond to quality. That’s how businesses thrive. Yet, if we’re honest, those words rarely describe our Church’s efforts. (By Church I include you and me.) If we observe people’s experience of our Church we’ll see that often people aren’t being moved by quality, rather they’re tolerating mediocrity. That mediocrity comes with a cost.
Mediocrity drives people away. We may not intend it, but if we settle for it, mediocrity will give people a reason not to engage the Church. Mediocrity speaks, sometimes subconsciously, to the lack of investment and perceived worth of the people we are tasked to engage.
Still, we’ve largely become accustomed to sacrificing quality for the sake of expense. That’s one of the problems: we see quality as an expense rather than an investment. When we view anything as merely an expense, it usually reduces the goal to simply getting the job done and leads to a mediocre result that is “good enough.” However, when we see something as an investment, we face the cost with the mindset that it will pay off greatly down the line. This mindset frees us to operate according to a desired result rather than limiting what we do based upon saving a buck or two.
As Christians we are called to invest into life. Jesus showed us what this investing looks like, he called it love. Love never holds back, never looks for the path of least resistance – or least expense. We see this on the cross, the totality of a quality and priceless love on display. We’re called to image that love. This love demands that we strive for quality in the face of expense – be it time, money, or other – because God, the Gospel, and His people are with it.