Watering Rocks

Posted: January 22, 2015 in Uncategorized

Jesus tried to teach us something about making disciples that for some reason, we as a church, are determined, not to learn.

I’m not suggesting we are acting with malicious intent, but more likely, ignorance. We have the best of intentions when it comes to church growth and disciple making as well as evangelism, we just don’t follow the example Jesus gave us. In fact, all of our methods are polar opposites from the methods Jesus used.

Before you head to the comment section and type, ‘How dare you’, or, ‘Who do you think you are?’, could we take a few minutes, read a little scripture and discuss why I believe we ignore the example Jesus set for us? Thank you.

Imagine it’s Easter Sunday at your church. You’ve spent weeks preparing your services and programs because you know that statistically, visitors are at an all time high on Easter. Churches are packed and this is your one opportunity to get them saved and attending your church.

Nothing will be left to chance. The worship team has chosen the perfect songs to extract an emotional response from their audience of newcomers.

The children’s ministry rooms have been freshened up with new inviting colors and the Noah’s ark mural was just installed yesterday. Check

The smell of fresh coffee drifts through the foyer, mixed with the scent of chocolate covered donuts and cherry filled pastries. Check

All the greeters are at their stations, dressed in their new matching blue Polo shirt complete with embroidered names. Armed with breath mints and welcome packets they greet guests through wide smiles. The greeter to guest ratio seems like 2 to 1. Check

The rest rooms are as clean and sterile as a heart surgery ward, as is the rest of the building. Check

Your Pastor has worked and reworked his sermon to get the most bang for the buck, so to speak. It’s seeker friendly, heavy on love and acceptance and light on sin and sacrifice. We can discuss these issues later, after they say the sinner’s prayer. We don’t want to scare them away. This might be our only chance.

Now let’s check out How Jesus handled large crowds of seekers. We will start in Luke 14:25. Massive crowds were pressing in on all sides. The “church” was packed. Like our Easter services, this was the perfect opportunity for Jesus to give a message to get people to say the sinner’s prayer and join his Church. So let’s eavesdrop on Jesus’ perfect sermon:

“If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters-yes, even his own life-he cannot be my disciple.”

Whoa, wait, what. Don’t leave please. Jesus is just kidding. That was his icebreaker. Please give him a minute. Jesus you’re scaring them. Look at their faces. You want to lose them? Just get to the sinner’s prayer part.

“And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.”

Hey where are you going? Don’t leave. Come back! Jesus what are you doing? We need them. There’s thousands of people here. We will be the biggest church in town. Don’t you want a big church? You are doing this all wrong.

Oh wait we lost them but some more crowds are coming. Now Jesus remember what happened to the other crowds? Let’s get it right this time. Welcome everyone. Let me introduce our esteemed speaker, Jesus.

“I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.”

Jesus please stop! Look at them. They are leaving. Say something!

“For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink,

No something else. Something positive.

“Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him. The one who feeds on me will live because of me.”

In Matthew 13 Jesus is once again surrounded by such large crowds that he had to get in a boat and preach from the water. This is a church planters dream. Reel them in Jesus.

Jesus says there was a farmer who cast some seed on the path and the birds ate it. Some seed fell on rocky places and sprang up quickly in the shallow soil. The sun came up and killed the plants because they had no root. Other seed fell in the thorn bushes and got choked out. Other seed fell on good soil and produced a big crop. If you get it, you get it. Then he walked away.

What was that? Even the disciples were perplexed.

Jesus refused to water rocks because it’s a waste of time. He cuts right to the chase, to weed out the pretenders. He only wants the true followers. The totally committed. He does not care about big numbers just for the sake of big numbers. He’d rather have 12 surrendered hearts than 12,000 pew warmers.

But not us. We took classes. We read books on church growth. We would rather water rocks

  1. mitchteemley says:

    Jesus’ profoundest revelations are there in his “hard sayings.” You’d almost think it was some kind of test. “Are you still here?” “Where else can we go, Lord? You have the words of life!”

  2. mitchteemley says:

    Thanks, by the way. Loved the post.

  3. regener8ted says:

    Couldn’t agree more Mitch. Glad you loved it.

  4. Mercedes Benz says:

    Good point! šŸ™‚

  5. John Williamson says:

    Bold, and true!

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