Faithfulness and Fruitfulness

I was at a conference recently and was just reviewing my notes today.

There was definitely one thought that caught my attention and has stuck with me.

Transformation = grace + truth + time

I know in church world, we tend to focus on truth and sometimes interject grace, but often forget or neglect the idea of time. We want God to work and we want to see it happen now. We want people to get it….now.

I was also at a local pastors gathering recently and that was a predominant theme. We may or may not have vented some frustration over lack of life change. We dialoged about the tension between faithfulness and fruitfulness. We have a great deal of control over the first and often obsess about the second. It’s over the fruitfulness aspect that we have frustration and over which we have little control.

Let me share a few verses that may bring some needed to perspective and some necessary encouragement to those of us impatient people in church world leadership.

“Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:58

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9

Underline and underscore the thoughts of doing God’s work, doing it “in the Lord,” and seeing a harvest, “at the proper time.” The proper time is determined by the One called the Lord of the harvest (Luke 10:2), not by us.

So stand firm in speaking the truth and doing it in a grace-giving way. But don’t forget that it takes time for those we lead to “get it.” So stand firm. Rely on God and His strength. Remember…

Transformation = grace + truth + time

Don’t forget that God is the One who brings about life transformation. And keep sharing God’s love, God’s truth, and God’s grace.

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