When Others Are More Fruitful

Our church has recently helped plant another church. They meet in our space on Saturday nights and have packed the place out. Yesterday they launched another site on Sunday mornings. The space seats 159 and they had 187 in attendance! Many non-believers were present and many conversions are happening!! It’s awesome!!! It really is.

Meanwhile, I’ve been going at it for almost nine years and seem to be preaching my church into a remnant đŸ™‚ I finished reading Zack Eswine’s Sensing Jesus: Life and Ministry as a Human Being this weekend and was so blessed by it. This section pokes at the heart of a pastor and displays our ludicrous temptations:

Two men left home to plant a church in a city of need. One arrived prior to the other. He dreamed of a city reached for Jesus with the gospel. Through this prior pastor, people came to know Jesus, believers gathered, and a community of Jesus followers was born. It was slow work, but it was happening. His prayers were being answered.

In time, he began to meet with the one who arrived later, in order to encourage the newcomer. The old-timer and the newcomer prayed for Jesus to reach the city for the gospel. Through the newcomer pastor, people came to know Jesus, believers gathered, and a community of Jesus followers was born.

Ten years later, the one who had come first pastors an ordinary church. Its two hundred-plus members demonstrate the love of Jesus in ways that did not exist there ten years earlier. The newcomer who came second pastors a famous church. Its thousands of members and multiple sites around the city demonstrate the love of Jesus in ways that did not exist there ten years earlier. The prayers of both men were answered. Why then is one of them sad?

From page 282.

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One Comment to “When Others Are More Fruitful”

  1. Thanks for the article. Oftentimes we are tempted to look at the numbers we generate as success rather than the spiritual growth of each member in the church. Whether the Lord gives us a large or small ministry, both are equally important. Appreciate the reminder.

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