As Christians I get the sense that we become too inward-focused, and of course we should, it is a requisite for our spiritual growth. However, we need to strike a balance between inner and outer growth. Outer growth is carrying out our Christian duty of building the Body of Christ – remember we’re all living stones being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to GOD through Jesus Christ (1 Peter 2:5). Let us not shirk our responsibility. Spiritual growth can best be measured by people we’re winning to Christ. This is our primary responsibility.
Spiritual growth can best be measured by people we’re winning to Christ, this is our primary responsibility
If we keep harping on what is wrong or lacking in us and our skewed relations with the brethren we’ll hardly disciple anyone – if at all, thus fail and disappoint the One who enlisted us in His service. Let me say this to you very s-l-o-w-l-y: you will never be perfect or right or good enough for GOD to use you or be pleased with you. But obedience and faithfulness and effectiveness. That’s what He’s looking for. Yes you may never be perfect, right or good enough in yourself, but you already are in Christ. GOD relates with you and looks at you through the blood of His Son, which redeemed you and cleanses you. So to Him you will always be the perfect, right and good one because His Son is the perfect, right and good One – and you are in Him. Do not allow yourself or anyone to major on your character flaws, weaknesses and inadequacies. We all have these things, but to amplify them is our own undoing. Anything you feed grows, anything you pay attention to you attract and anything you focus on you become. So avoid a negative view of yourself and brethren who remind you of your negative character traits and make you feel less, unworthy and inadequate. Remember critical and complaining believers are cantankerous, contagious and cancerous.
So avoid a negative view of yourself and brethren who remind you of your negative character traits and make you feel less, unworthy and inadequate
The disciples of our Lord were a bumbling, messy bunch. Furthest from being perfect, right or good. Yet in their state of imperfection and infantility were chosen by grace, entrusted with delegated authority and power to preach the Gospel, heal the sick, cast out devils, and raise the dead (Matthew 10:8) and “Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases,” Luke 9:1. He entrusted authority and power to babes to make them effective. Why? Because they were obedient, submissive and loyal to Him. Remember they left everything behind to follow Him (Mark 10:28). Another reason is that He knew their hearts and they followed Him faithfully and absolutely. They didn’t match Him up against other teachers or leaders. Somehow they knew He was the One GOD had called them to serve for a much greater purpose than anything they’d anticipated (John 6:68).
Idle believers pick fights and offences, and focus on other brethren and gossip. They are petty, very petty. They’re idle spiritually, irresponsible and unaccountable concerning soul winning. They want to preach to souls they never harvested. They feign care for souls they don’t even know how they came to church or Christ. They are lazy. They are big noise without action and results. They mouth up big things, yet can scarcely lift a finger to do them. They always have someone or something to complain about in church. They are masters of criticism without solution. No one escapes their radar. They are aloof. Jesus had a solution for this kind: He put them out to work but He Himself didn’t go with them, yet expected that they bring nothing back but good report. “Then the seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name [in Your authority], ” Luke 10:17. Emphasis mine.
To walk in our delegated authority and power we must be: humble, obedient, submissive, docile (teachable, trainable), sincere, faithful, loyal, forgiving, loving, kind, selfless or unselfish. GOD looks at the heart.
If we keep harping on what is wrong or lacking in us and our skewed relations with the brethren we’ll hardly disciple anyone