The last reality of revival to consider in this chapter is that it is based simply on producing healthy saints in every local church. While the mathematics may not be exact, the logic is still valid: in the story of the sower and the seed, at least one-fourth of the seed made its way to good soil. The mechanics of this principle are very pure and promising. Good seed planted on good soil will begin to grow. Proper care and follow-up will ensure a good harvest. Therefore, anything that would impede the above needs to be corrected (or even eliminated) from our programs in the Church. The goal simply needs to be bringing saints to the place of being knowledgeable concerning the seed and the soil. It’s not even much a matter of skill at this point, but one of teaching and then experience. How does one recognize good ground? What kind of seed should be sown? What is the right timing in certain portions of the harvest field? Beyond that, God takes over in many ways.
Referring once more to Mark 4, we read in verses 28-29, “For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear. But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come.” We don’t always have to know how it happens, but we certainly need to be assured that it will happen!
We started this chapter by stating that a healthy church will grow. In later chapters describing the six principles of revival, we will look very closely at how to produce healthy members in healthy congregations. The reality of today’s harvest potential must get inside of all of us, and must also flow out from us to saturate others. The role of leadership in today’s Church is to ensure the spiritual health of the membership and to equip the saints with the tools necessary for being the witnesses that the Lord has called them to be. The time is right, the power is available, the direction is clear, and the burden is strong. Let’s put our hands to the plow and see a harvest like never before!
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- The Principle Of Balance - June 28, 2017
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- Gifts And Talents – 6 Considerations - June 14, 2017
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- Ready To Build - May 25, 2017
- 4 Criteria For The Nucleus - May 17, 2017