Time For Growth
We know from Ephesians 4:11-12 and 2 Corinthians 5:18-20 that all believers are ministers. My job as a pastor/leader is to see the potential in people. I believe that there are many ministry opportunities to equip others. All Christians must focus on the harvest. Many laborers working together will cause the church to grow and the kingdom to be advanced. Anything that is not growing is dying. Pastors’ greatest fear is that people will come into a building, settle in, and become nice and cozy and be satisfied with “normal” Christianity. At least that is my position as a pastor. Go to church, be nice, don’t witness to anyone; don’t bother anyone. Go home, don’t do anything out of the ordinary that requires any effort to cause us to change. Our ministry is a ministry of the life of God. If all we do is get information and are not ministering life wherever we go then the life of God is not in us. It is of utmost importance that we grow. Grow in grace, grow in maturity, and yes grow in numbers.
Paul said in 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 that the Christian life is like a race. Refusal to take an active part will hinder our progress. The person that competes is temperate in all things. Temperance or self- control keeps our will under spirit-control. Paul also said that he runs not with uncertainty. That means the activities that lack direction are a hindrance to equipping. In verse 27 he says that he disciplines his body and brings it into subjection. A disciple is a disciplined one. I have found that a disciplined life is the key to progress. Discipline is doing what needs to be done when it ought to be done whether you like it or not.
Are you teachable? Do you pick and choose what you like and don’t like when it comes to the things of God? Do we have a tendency to become sidetracked from the basics of the Christian life? It’s very difficult to put trust and depend upon those that are infrequent in their equipping because of unnecessary interests and hobbies or just a lack of interest in growth or the church and the kingdom of God. How about your attitude? Do you cooperate with those you are working with or does everything have to be your way? Some just endure for a while and just quit. Oh, they may still be there physically, in body, but they have quit in their willingness to see the church grow or advance the kingdom.
We are at a critical time in the church and ministry. We must examine ourselves as to whether we are part of being equipped and equipping others. Are we ready for increase? And if we are then let’s stop talking about it and let’s do something about it and increase. We all must accept responsibility and stop making excuses and having others to carry us and to do what we are called and anointed to do and that is to make disciples. It is time; no it is past time for growth.