Soaking up all the attention and resources

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The plants were planted at the same time. The one on the left had been in the window sill.

This morning I did a major overhaul of the plants in my office.  I have well over 100 baby spider plants now growing independent of the initial plant(s) that brought them forth.  They are for a future sermon.  I did a “changing places” between all the plants that had been near the window and the plants that had been in the out of the way places.  The plants that were on the window sill are very strong.  For the last two months they’ve been on the window sill soaking up the sun (and been near the music that comes from the computer speaker if you believe that music helps plants grow).  Those window sill plants have also received the most water.  On the other hand, most of the plants in the back of a couple of dozen other plants in the less desirable places have been deprived of the attention they need – primarily the sunlight and water.  They have struggled.  But they are about to be pampered.  In addition to the sunlight, they are always within easy reach of getting water.

I expect the ones moved from the window to now be strong enough to make it on less attention.  Their roots are very strong and they should even be springing some babies pretty soon!  And here comes the transition from an innocent story about spider plants to a smack right between the eyes to many church people.

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When spider plants are in small pots and their roots flourish, that’s when the babies are made.

In Hebrews 5:12, Paul writes, “Although you should have been teachers by now, you still need someone to teach you an introduction to the basics about God’s message. You have come to the place where you need milk instead of solid food.”  Paul was frustrated because the church had been sitting in the window sill receiving abundant sunshine, water, and attention, yet was no better off than when they began.  Their roots had not developed and they were certainly not going to make other disciples.  Rather than becoming an asset to the work of God’s Kingdom, too many of them still wanted to sit in the window sucking up the resources.

There’s a valuable, albeit very tough, lesson here for the people of the church.  Each of us is to be growing.  And once we’ve received sufficient nurturing, growing in Biblical wisdom and spiritual maturity, we are to become more self-sufficient.  And not only that, but we are to start doing some feeding.  Long time church people should be mentoring others.  They should be willing to take a lesser place and let others shine.  They should be willing to step off of committees to let newer Believers flourish.  They should be willing to sacrifice (worship styles, music preferences, etc).  I could go on, but I’d guess I’m in enough trouble.  And the irony is that the people who would get the maddest about today’s blog post are the ones who need to hear it the most.

If you agree with today’s blog, and you’re doing your part in the Kingdom, you’ll probably pray about what else God might call you to do.  If you’re a little convicted by today’s blog, pray about what steps you need to take to become a more mature Christian.  And if you’re truly mad about today’s blog, above anything else you need to pray that God would give you self-awareness.

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2 Responses to Soaking up all the attention and resources

  1. CHARLES Collier says:

    Wonderful teaching. Wish my church had heard it before closing it’s doors. “We’ve got a long tradition of the way we do things and we’ll die before we change”. And so we did.
    An unemployed pastor

  2. Sandy says:

    Great message, yes we do need to become more rooted and grounded in Christ, like the roots on your plants! Churches, people, wake up and get changing for Christ………

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