shepherding the shepherd
That unsettling farming phrase, “though he does not know how,” might be an interesting theme for a church growth conference. We may be able to find ways to attract more people to church but, at best, that only increases our acreage, not our yield. Kingdom growth, whether global, local, or personal, will always be a sacred mystery.
The sower can be lavish with the seed and the seed is certainly high-yield. The part we cannot control is the soil. I’m not particularly comfortable with that. But we sow indiscriminately where we’re sent, regardless of the soil around us. Jesus himself was not choosy. He flung his kingdom truths hither and yon, leaving the harvest to the soil and the Father.
Your Sundays may seem to stretch out forever but one day you’ll preach no more. Take it from me, one day you’ll disperse your library and empty your study. Someone will take your name off the door. So Moses’ prayer in Ps. 90:12 is fitting: “Teacch us to number our days…”