Being in a church helps us grow, but to fulfil our mission we need to go!

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“Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.” — Matthew 28:19 (NLT)

For those of us who attend church regularly, and feel part of a local church, there is no doubt that being in the church helps us grow.

For growth in our spiritual walk, we need spiritual input.   That comes from the local church, where we meet with others, learn from others, are encouraged by others, and are challenged by others.   There is no doubt in my mind that growing as a Christian makes us better people.   It makes us better spouses, it makes us better neighbours, it makes us better people.

Arguably, it also makes us prosper, whether that is financially or in other ways.   Jesus said:

“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need.”  

Luke 12:31 (NLT)

This is a Bible passage that teaches about money and possessions.   Why should we worry about whether we will have enough to eat or drink, or clothes to wear?   We are encouraged to look at how God provides for all the flowers and the animals, and as we know that He cares so much more for us, we shouldn’t worry about such things.   Rather, we should “seek the Kingdom of God above all else.”   Where else will we come closer to the Kingdom of God than when we are in church, learning, seeking God, seeking His Kingdom, and putting aside all our worries and growing in our faith and our lives.   After all, we are new creations in Christ, and as such we become children of God, and need to grow into fully functioning and fully-fledged adult Christians.

And what do birds do when they are fully-fledged?   They fly!

Now I know that staying in the nest is tempting, but when young birds try to stay in the nest, their parents push them out!   And when we fall out of the nest unprepared, there’s a danger that the fall will be too great.   We must prepare, we must flex our wings and try flapping them a few times, and develop those muscles before we need them for real.

Because, you see, to fulfil our Christian mission, fly we must.   If we want to fulfil our Christian mission, then we must be prepared to go.   That is our mission, given to all the disciples by Jesus:

“Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”

Matthew 28:19 (NLT)

Of course, some of us must stay in the nest to prepare for new arrivals, new birth, and new fledglings to feed and to nourish, and to help them grow so that they, too, one day will fly the nest and go into all the nations to share the Good News of the Gospel and give rise to more new arrivals.

So, my question is this: do you need to grow, or do you need to go?   Maybe we need to do more growing before we get going; or maybe we are helping to grow others.   If not, then we simply need to get going, out into all nations, to make new disciples.   Are you ready?   Let’s grow, and then let’s go …

May we pray.   Heavenly Father, Thank You for providing us with a local church, where we can grow.   Help us, when have finished growing, to fulfil our mission by helping to grow others, or simply to go.   We ask this in the name of Jesus.   Amen.

If you’re in a church and looking for a place to “go” to fulfil your mission – please get in touch. Don’t get us wrong, we still need to remain part of a local church, so we continue growing. But we also need to “go” in order to fulfil our mission. We would love to hear more about what your mission from God is, and to help you fulfil that. Alternatively, you may not be sure what your mission is. In that case, we would love you to join our Discipleship Programme. May God Bless You.

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