Rick Meigs at “The Blind Beggar” published a post called “Modern Church Farmers“. This post is very timely for me, on several levels. Primarily, Rick’s post reinforces God’s conviction for me to step outside of this Christian bubble that I’m living in (see “Bursting the Christian bubble” and “Reaching beyond the bubble“).
Rick says the following concerning Luke 10:1-12 and modern church practices:
If the farmer worked like the current church, he would:
Plow in the barn;
Plant in the barn;
Pray that it would rain in the barn;
Harvest in the barn;
and,then burn down the barn and call it revival!
Let me contrast this with what you find in the passage.
We go into the neighborhoods. We share peace and where it is returned we dwell. In this dwelling among others, we first share hospitality (best around a meal), then we minister to needs including a focus on healing (physical, relational, physiological), then we bring the kingdom message.
As I said, this is the kind of encouragement that I need right now. I’ve learned what it means to build relationships with other followers of Jesus Christ – even those who are different from me. But, what about unbelievers?
I’m going to continue to disciple brothers and sisters in Christ, and I will continue to be discipled by brothers and sisters in Christ. But, plowing, planting, watering, and harvesting in the barn just will not cut it… it is time for me to spend less time in the barn, and more time in the fields.
By the way, did you know that you get dirty when you work in the fields?