Growing Is Not Your Problem

One of the difficulties these days in Christian ministry is understanding our role and responsibilities correctly.  If we attempt to take on those things that are not our job then we can expect problems to follow.

One area that has received a lot of attention is in the area of ‘growth’.  How to grow your church body, or how to grow your ministry group, or how to grow your bible study group, on and on.

Actually, ‘growth’ is not our problem or responsibility.  ‘Growth’ or ‘increase’ is God’s domain.

Paul explains this best in 1 Corinthians 3:4-8, which is simply summarized as:

We plant, we water, but God gives the increase.

This concept is further explained in the parable described by Jesus in Mark 4:26-29.  It is clear from this parable there is a ‘mystery’ concerned with how things ‘grow’, but no mystery in understanding God is responsible for that part, and we in turn handle the rest – planting and harvesting.

So, instead of spending time trying to figure out how to grow things, we might want to concentrate more of our time on planting, watering, and harvesting, and let God handle the ‘growing’ or ‘increase’ part.

One Response to “Growing Is Not Your Problem”

  1. Barbara L. McGuire Says:

    Um….I really liked this blog. I needed this today! Short and powerful! Thanks!

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