Growth, Health

Growth & Health / Health & Growth.

Yesterday when trying to catch the dog outside in the dark I didn’t see a step and ‘OUCH’ hurt my foot (actually its a lot better today, but for the sake of the blog go with it!) hobbling over to the settee I instinctively realized that making this bust foot bare my weight was not a good idea.
Putting weight on something that is broken will causes more damage in the long term than being sensible and getting it fixed. Yet as I talked about in my blog about the dentist getting things fixed isn’t something we are necessarily good at doing as Christians.
Sometimes our life together as Church can be pretty broken, is it wise (or helpful) to run around and try and grow as a Church without sorting out the brokenness, is like trying to do a marathon with a broken ankle.
Sometimes we get so caught up with wanting God to work THROUGH us that we never actually let him work IN us.
I guess this is what Jesus is saying about sorting out the log in our own eye before dealing with the speck in our brother/sisters eye.
I love John Wimbers’ famous prayer “Lord Send Revival, Start with me”, a desire for the Growth of the Kingdom of God, but in order for the Kingdom to grow we need to sort out our spiritual health.
With our children, we worry about their health,  but (normally) their growth is a normal by product of being healthy.
Just as in life when we invest in health we find that God brings growth, however, when we invest in growth that doesn’t necessarily produce health.
Mike Breen said “When you make disciples you get Church, but when you do Church you don’t necessarily make Disciples”.
This reminded me of a conversation I had this week with a guy who was talking about “loving to see the Church packed”, we ended up talking and (it was a banter-type conversation) said that I could give out free beer, have pole dancers perform and not mention Jesus once but I reckon we would have the Church packed with standing room only. As the conversation progressed we talked about the difference between ‘bums on seats’ and ‘transformed lives’.
I once heard someone say “I couldn’t grow the Church because I am not an evangelist”, but this particular lady was an amazing saint, and she might not be dragging people out of bed to Church on a Sunday morning, but she really helped the Church be healthy by her infectious love of Jesus, his word and his people, which helped make the Church more healthy and Christ-like, which I believe is really attractive to the world alongside us.
Growth isn’t always numerical, popularity is not always the litmus paper for obedience.
Lets be people who are spiritually healthy seeking first his Kingdom both in our lives and also in the lives around us.

2 thoughts on “Growth & Health / Health & Growth.

  1. David Baldwin says:

    Thank you for this I recently gave a presentation at a Renewal& Reform conference at at Lambeth Palace on this point based on the work my college and I are doing here in Dorset.

    David Baldwin
    Team Rector
    The Beaminster Area Team

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