There are countless number of churches in our world (now) that the stage is set for competitiveness among members of the body of Christ. An incidence once occurred – when a middle-aged man walked up to the entrance of a big church’s premises and began to distribute flyers, inviting members of that church to his own church: probably, for mid-week service or for the following Sunday’s service – it was not clear.
The reaction was unbearable yet justified. The man sharing the flyer was ordered to evacuate the vicinity of the church.
This is what most churches had turned to: reaping from where they had not sown (as if it is in any way justified with the blessings that God promised His Children, because if it is – then the body of Christ should stand divided, but Jesus Christ had counselled that ‘a house divided against itself cannot stand’). They enjoy hijacking the fruits of the labour of others, so that their (own) numbers would increase.
The people that Jesus came to save are not the righteous but the sinners; the perplexed; the outcast; the fraudsters; the thieves and murderers; the homeless and others alike
“For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” Luke 19:10, NASU
Suffice it to say that, though, not everybody that goes to church is righteous, born-again or saved: there is little or no efforts put into wooing somebody (who attends church services regularly in a church) to another church – on the ground that the former wants to increase attendance.
There is untapped yieldingness among those tagged ‘street boys’, ‘the NFAs’ and others in their categories – only if churches would try to think, strategise and deploy useful techniques (guided by the scripture, the Holy Spirit, and relevance to things that are not contradictory to Biblical principles within the culture of the people).
The two types of growth and the only one that impresses the heavens
Generally, most Christians know “Thus, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one [especially] wicked person who repents (changes his mind, abhorring his errors and misdeeds, and determines to enter upon a better course of life) than over ninety-nine righteous persons who have no need of repentance”, Luke 15:7, AMP.
To buttress our point clearly, we have decided to hint you on two types of growth (existing in the church), and the only one among them that impresses heaven (the most).
Qualitative growth; and quantitative growth
Although, the two of them are important to individuals and churches: qualitative growth is what pleases God the most. Qualitative growth is just the blessings of God on humanity (as found in Gen 1:26-31).
We should pursue qualitative growth (at all times), and never lose grip of quantitative growth too
Qualitative growth is shred into several facts; the following could be placed under it:
- When a sinner is saved, joins a church, and continues in Christ.
- When members of the church keep growing spiritually.
- When the converts become disciples and are bringing souls into the Kingdom too.
- When the number of people that could teach the word of God (accurately) increases in the church.
- Quantitative growth, on the other hand, includes:
- Structural development or enlargement.
- When a saved or born-again person joins a new church from a former church.
- Increase of church members – occasioned by procreation.
On these facts, we implore churches to place emphasis on qualitative growth by putting efforts into programmes that will reach those sinners, and people that have been segregated by the church due to the notion that they are too violent, too unrealistic, and too dangerous.
Afterall, they have their good sides too, but their good sides will not take them to heaven – except that they accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour.
These people make themselves available in times of disaster (for rescue missions), even though, they are paid some times – they have their usefulness.
Therefore, if we are truly representatives of Christ on earth: we should make it a burden on ourselves – to bring all the outcasts to Christ, through all legitimate and Biblical means.
“But all things are from God, Who through Jesus Christ reconciled us to Himself [received us into favor, brought us into harmony with Himself] and gave to us the ministry of reconciliation [that by word and deed we might aim to bring others into harmony with Him].
“It was God [personally present] in Christ, reconciling and restoring the world to favor with Himself, not counting up and holding against [men] their trespasses [but cancelling them], and committing to us the message of reconciliation (of the restoration to favor).” 2 Cor 5:18-19, AMP.
NB: If you will like to accept Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, please say this prayer.
Father I thank You that I have found your grace for salvation today. Enable me to know you the more, and cause me to follow you till the end of my life. I confess Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour, and may I find purpose in you.
Let the Holy Spirit be my guide, and cause me to grow in the Holy Spirit – everyday. In Jesus name I prayed, amen.
Congratulations but please:
- Get a Bible that you will read daily.
- Join a Christian gathering to study the word of God together.
- Pray daily.
- Obey the Holy Spirit, and live by the word of God.